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Attention! You mustn’t talk on your Phone in Public Transport in Japan!

When I was waiting a bus to get my hometown after I arrived the Kansai airport in Japan, I got a phone call from one of my colleague in Hong Kong. A couple minutes after I picked up the phone, the bus arrived there.

I tried to get in the bus, talking on the phone, and then, I was stopped by the bus driver. “Excuse me Madam, you are not allowed to talk on the mobile phone in a bus.”

I had totally forgotten about this. In Japan, it is banned to speak on mobile phone in public transports such as trains or buses.

You can use your phone, but you cannot talk on it. You might think it is strange, you can talk freely with other people, person to person, I mean, not on the phone. However you shouldn’t talk on mobile phones.


Some experts say that people feel more uncomfortable when they are only hearing one-side-conversation than interactive two-way dialogue. When the mobile phone was getting popular in Japan, people realized how annoying it is to hear a part of conversation without the other part. That’s why they stopped talking on the phone in public transports, as long as I know.

Besides of that, you may find that it is very quiet in public in Japan. Generally, Japanese people are relatively quiet. Of course, you sometimes could be with exceptional people who are not very quiet in a train, who might be foreigners, though.

Now that we cannot talk on the phone there, still we don’t give up communicating with others. See what’s happening in a train, people put heads down with their little iPhones in hands, sending messages, checking social medias, watching videos, or playing games. Quietly, tap tap tap tap…. this is a standard scenery in a train in Japan.



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