The lone reason why a train still stops at this deserted countryside station will warm your heart
This may be the real-life Japanese version of No Child Left Behind. A station in a remote village in northern Japan was just about to be closed down for good when authorities were made aware of one passenger who needed the train to continue to stop there. The passenger in question was a high school girl who otherwise would have had to walk over an hour to catch the train at a neighboring stop. Authorities decided to keep the station open, and a train stops there twice a day; once in the morning and once in the evening, and will continue to do so until the girl graduates high school in just a few months.
A train line running through a remote countryside in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, is being commended around the world for valuing a young girl's education over profit. Kana Harada, a local high school student, has always used Kyū-Shirataki Station for her commute to and from school. The station is part of the Sekihoku Main Line in Engaru, Hokkaido, Japan, and it is operated by the Hokkaido Railway Company. Having been in operation since 1947, the company had decided to shut Kana's station down due to the non-existence of passengers in recent years. But upon realizing Kana's plight, the company decided to keep the station open until she graduates high school. Only then will the Sekihoku Line no longer stop at Kyū-Shirataki.
The closing of the station has already been officially announced, and it's right after Kana's graduation in March of 2016. Congratulations to both Kana and the wonderful folks at the Hokkaido Railway Company.
Kana on her way to school