197 The Commute


Todd gives his thoughts about taking the train to work every day.

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One of the things that I really like about Japan is Japan has a really good train system. I take the train to work every morning and I take the train home every night. I like the trains because on the trains I can do what I want to do. I can read a book, read the newspaper, listen to music, study Japanese. Um, it's really nice. I see my time on the train as my free-time, to do things that I like to do. Also, the train saves me a lot of money. In Japan it's quite common for companies to pay for their employees train ticket, so I don't have to pay for commuting to work. And because I get to take the train every day, I don't need a car so I don't have to for example pay for gas, car registration, car mantainence, things like that. Also, I don't have to waste time for parking. Um, the worst thing about the trains is that they're very crowded. Very, very crowded, and sometimes it's hard to get a seat so you have to stand for a long time, and sometimes it smells a bit, but overall I like the trains and I'm really, really fortunate that Japan has such a good system.

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