It sure is. Can you believe it?
I think as an American, the idea of a child taking public transportation alone is terrifying.
Not in Japan.
Crime is so low, and it is culturally acceptable, that kids can ride the train safely. Adults even sort of lookout for the children, especially if they are frequently on the same trip from day-to-day.
Here’s a fantastic video showing an independent 7-year old Japanese girl — including her train ride to school.
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