Have you ever saved someone from dying?

Thanks for your question. I was at Shibuya Station in Tokyo which, with its daily average of more than a million customers a day, is one of the busiest railway stations on earth. {1]

It was fairly late at night and,like a lot of the passengers, about to board the Yamanote Line, the green train that takes about an hour to circle to inner city. Station workers were down on the tracks with long tweezer-like tools picking up trash like cigarette butts. When a train approaches, as it often does, they scoot under the edge of the platform.

A staggering drunk, who'd been watching them, stuck his head over the edge of the platform to see where they were going. The train, still travelling fast, was hammering into the station and was about to hit his head, which would kill him instantly.

I judged I didn't have time to grab him and pull him back. "Hey!" I yelled at him as loud as I could. "Nani? (What?") he shouted, pulling his head up, just as the train's air-horns blasted and the whoosh of air from the incoming train stunned him to his senses. Without my shout, the workers would have had more cleaning to do. And hundreds, possibly thousands of commuters would have been delayed.

He should have been standing behind the yellow line:


What do Spanish people think about Ireland, and the Irish?

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Why did the US return the canal to Panama?

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