Viral: Indonesian tourists take photos in front of Japan’s Shinkansen, allegedly delaying train by 10 minutes

Indonesian tourists taking a group photo in front of a Shinkansen bullet train, allegedly delaying it by 10 minutes. Photo: Facebook / Kucing Putih
Indonesian tourists taking a group photo in front of a Shinkansen bullet train, allegedly delaying it by 10 minutes. Photo: Facebook / Kucing Putih

The Japanese take pride in the mostly-impeccable timekeeping of their Shinkansen bullet train, yet it only took a group of snap-happy Indonesian tourists to blemish that reputation, according to a viral post.

Recently, a Facebook user going by the name Kucing Putih (which translates to “white cat”), who appears to be an Indonesian national on holiday in Japan, posted images of a group of what he said were Indonesian tourists holding up a Shinkansen train bound for Tokyo.

In the post, which has now been deleted but was widely shared online, including by the mainstream Indonesian media, Kucing Putih said that the Indonesian tourists delayed the train by about 10 minutes as some of them had encroached on the yellow line on the edge of the platform while they took group photos. 

According to Kucing Putih, the tourists ignored train station officials’ request that they get behind the yellow line. The train finally departed after it sounded its horn, jolting the tourists away from the danger zone on the platform.

While officials have not explicitly confirmed that the Indonesian tourists delayed the train, the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo did post a tweet addressing the incident after Kucing Putih’s post went viral.

“For Indonesians holidaying in Japan, please observe rules and regulations in Japan. Local authorities have the right to arrest foreigners who disobey Japanese customs and laws. Let us preserve the good name of Indonesia. Happy holidays!” the tweet reads.

This is not the first faux pas allegedly committed by Indonesian tourists in Japan to go viral. In 2017, a social media post went viral showing a messy dining table left behind by Indonesian tourists in Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, highlighting Indonesians’ “culture” of stubbornly refusing to clean their tables after themselves.


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