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The Train Station That Stayed Open for One Schoolgirl Now Closed

The Kyu-Shirataki Station, that stayed open so that one girl could go to school, will now close.

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One Japanese train station became trending on Chinese social media today. The Kyu-Shirataki Station, that stayed open so that one girl could go to school, will close for good on March 26.

A train station in a remote area of Japan grabbed the imagination of Chinese netizens today.

The JR Kyu-Shirataki station in Hokkaido, Japan, stayed open all these years so that one girl could go to school. Daily Mail wrote about the station earlier this year, saying that the high school student Kana would take the train to go to school at 7.04 am and to go home at at 5.08 pm daily.

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Citylab writes that the passengers at Kyu-Shirataki station and its neighboring stations had dramatically fallen because of their remote location, which is why most services were ended. But since students depend on the train to go to school, parents asked that the rail company kept the station open for their children. For the past three years, Kana was the station’s only and last passenger.

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Now that the girl has graduated high school, the station, that has been open since 1947, will close for good on March 26, 2016.

The ‘one person train station’ (#一个人的车站#) became trending on Chinese social media the day before its closure.

Most of the comments on this news compare the situation in Japan to China, with netizens wondering how a similar story would work out in the PRC. “If this was China, people would say it’s a waste of energy and manpower,” one person comments. “If this was China, people would find out all about the girl’s family and accuse them of abusing public property,” another Weibo user writes.

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One netizen reminds people that China does have similar situations: “In the mountainous areas of China, we have schools with one student, yet those stories don’t seem to move you like this one,..” he writes.

“I don’t like Japan at all,” one commenter says: “But I can’t help but admire this service.”

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the founder and editor-in-chief of whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer, public speaker, and researcher (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends, digital developments, and new media in an ever-changing China, with a focus on Chinese society, pop culture, and gender issues. She shares her love for hotpot on hotpotambassador.com. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Anger over Guangzhou Anti-Epidemic Staff Picking Locks, Entering Homes

While these Guangzhou homeowners were quarantined at a hotel, anti-epidemic staff broke their door locks and entered their homes.

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Dozens of homeowners in Guangzhou, Guangdong, were angered to find out the locks of their apartment doors were broken during their mandatory hotel quarantine.

The residents had gone to a quarantine location after a positive Covid case in their building. Afterward, anti-epidemic staff had entered their homes for disinfection and to check if any residents were still inside.

The incident happened earlier this month in an apartment complex in the Liwan district of the city.

The incident first gained attention on July 10 when various videos showing the broken door locks were posted online. During the morning, the property management had conducted an ’emergency inspection’ of 84 households. The doors were later sealed.

The case went trending again on July 18 when the residential district apologized to all homeowners for the break-ins and promised to compensate them.

“What’s the use of apologizing?” some Weibo commenters wondered. “Where is the law? If this even happens in Guangzhou now and people in Guangdong put up with this, what else will they dare to do in the future?”

On Chinese social media, most comments on the Guangzhou incident were about the break-ins allegedly being unlawful.

Media reporter and Toutiao author Kai Lei (@凯雷), who has over two million followers on Weibo, said the incident showed that those breaking in “had no regard for the law.”

To read more about Covid-19 in China, check our articles here.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

 

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Shanghai Ruijin Hospital Stabbing Incident

The police opened fire and subdued the suspect, who stabbed at least four people at Shanghai’s Ruijin Hospital on Saturday.

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On Saturday July 9, a stabbing incident that occurred at Shanghai’s renowned Ruijin Hospital (上海瑞金医院) shocked Chinese netizens as videos showing the panic and chaos at the scene circulated in Wechat groups and on Weibo.

At around 11:30 AM the police department started receiving calls that there was someone stabbing people at the hospital, which is located in the city’s Huangpu district. At the scene of the incident, at the 7th floor of the outpatient clinic, they found a knife-wielding man holding a group of people hostage.

According to police reports, the police opened fire and subdued the suspect. Four people who were injured during the knife attack are now being treated, none of them are in a life-threatening situation.

The case is currently under investigation.

According to The Paper, Ruijin Hospital resumed its outpatient services at 14:08 this afternoon.

This is the second stabbing incident in Shanghai this week. On Monday, a man was arrested after going on a random stabbing spree in Shanghai’s Jing’an District.

While some Shanghai residents say the recent incidents made them feel less safe, others praise the fast police response to the incident.

One doctor from Shanghai posted on Weibo that hospitals should have proper security checks in place in order to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening again in the future.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

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