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Tokyo kick-starts push to ease rush-hour hell

Over 250 companies on board to relieve infamous packed peak-hour trains

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Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike observes commuters at Shinjuku Nishiguchi Station on Tuesday morning.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- It is an all too familiar and painful scene during Tokyo's morning rush hour, when railway staff push commuters into already jam-packed trains. But the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Tuesday launched a new campaign with the aim of reducing the infamous crowded trains during peak hours.

As part of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's campaign promise to resolve the problem, the two-week effort called "Jisa (time difference) Biz" pushes off-time peak commuting by encouraging companies to adopt staggered working hours that allow employees to report for work before or after the peak time.

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