Comments on: Bus driver salaries inversely proportional to risk involved How to make, save and spend money in Japan. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:29:48 +0000 hourly 1 By: sean murphy Fri, 04 May 2012 20:00:44 +0000 good morning. i am a long distance tour driver. i live in christchurch new zealand. we are allowed to be on duty for 13 hours in a 24 hour period.we have 2 half hour breaks after five and a half hours of on duty. we work a maximum of 70 hours a week. we must have a 24 hour break after completing 70 hours.this break can be for instance midnight to midnight or say 3pm to 3pm, so essentially we work 7 days a week. at times we will drive 600 plus kilometers a day

By: Miko Thu, 03 May 2012 12:29:48 +0000 I often took night buses until it got so much cheaper (and easier on my buttocks) to fly.

Do you remember a fatal accident that occurred a few years ago, possibly in or around Osaka, when it turned out that the bus driver and the “conductor” were siblings, working for the family business, and that one of them was a teenager? I think that both of them died in the accident. I was really shocked to think that those two young men were pressured to work in such conditions, just to help keep the family business afloat.

Is it true that the Chinese driver was a relative of a repatriated Japanese war orphan?

About language: some of my students have complained to me that recently public announcements (especially in tourist traps) are being made by people who clearly aren’t native Japanese speakers. I responded that often English-language safety announcements on domestic flights (in Japan) are nearly unintelligible, especially on the budget airlines. I wonder if that’s not an accident waiting to happen, too.