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Almost Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: Watch Cleaning Crews Clean High Speed Trains

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Japan is known for their bullet or high speed trains, the Shinkansen.

These trains travel at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour.  A more advanced version than the one used by everyday commuters reached 374 miles per hour on a test track earlier this year.

The bullet train you are about to see plys the oldest and most popular network of Shinkansen - the Tokaido Shinkansen (Tokyo-Nagoya-Kyoto-Osaka), which has an annual ridership of over 300 million passengers.

Trains in Tokyo stations spend only 12 minutes.  The 12 minutes allow two minutes for the passengers to get off, seven minutes for cleaning the entire train, and three minutes for the next set of passengers to get on.

Shinkasen trains are known for their punctuality, safety, comfort and cleanliness.  Earlier this year, TESSEI, the railway service cleaning company of Shinkansen, caught the attention of the media.

The video shows their systematic way of cleaning the train in minutes.

The staff is divided into eleven groups, which consists of 22 members per group. One member is in charge of one car, which has about 100 seats.  With clockwork efficiency, each use their seven minutes wisely: one and a half minutes to pick up the trash, 30 seconds to rotate the seats using a secret button, four minutes to sweep and clean, and the last minute to double check everything.

TESSEI has 820 members with an average age of 52.

Watch the video below and be amazed at the speed and efficiency of these cleaning crews.

photo & video: You Tube/Tokyo 
Japan Today