ASIA - the profession of "pusher" in Japanese transport

The Japanese metro is the most uploaded in the world, carrying 3, 2 billion passengers per year. Some Tokyo Metro Stations only in one day are missing about 2 million passengers. Therefore, it is not surprising that the first one is associated with the Japanese Metro, and most of the public transport of large cities - Tesne.

In an hour-peak situation, when there are twice as many people in the wagons than with the planned maximum capacity - the norm.

Hurrying to work and from work the Japanese are trying to climb by all their might into the outgoing train. And at the same time, passengers can be sure that they will receive help on sealing into a crowded car: a special pusher person, an officially called "Axia" (or "Owing") carefully wipes the pompous crowd, and also will make sure that the things of each passenger accidentally appease closing doors.

And although the asias are associated exclusively with the Japanese metro and railway, initially they originated in the US more than a century ago in 1904 together with the opening of the underground lines of the New York Metro. "Pushers" should have followed the passenger traffic, distribute people on cars, to warn passengers about the soon departure of the train and, finally, follow the correct work of the doors imperfect at that time. Residents of New York immediately unloved strict and often gross stations employees who unceremoniously shown passengers on cars. Due to the constant complaints of citizens and the introduction of more advanced cars by 1930, this position was almost completely abolished, but the whole world had already managed to know about an unusual profession.

In Japan, people of this profession appeared in 1959 when opening the Shinjuki station. Initially, they were called "auxiliary personnel for passengers", but later among the Japanese spread the name "Asia", which can be translated as "pusher".

It is interesting: As a link to the link at once for several lines of the underground and land metro, the Shinjuki station immediately became one of the most loaded transfers all over the world. In 2007, Shinjuku installed the world record for the loaded station in the world, passing through itself 3, 64 million passengers per day.

Over time, the asia began to work on the other most loaded stations. These are mainly young people who work in breaks between study. Unlike the pushers of the beginning of the 20th century in New York, Osias lead themselves with the passenger as politely and operate exclusively in white gloves.