On Monday a women at Minami-Urawa station just north of Toyko fell into the 8" gap between the platform and the train, and was unable to free herself.
A public announcement that a passenger was trapped prompted some fourty people to join train officials to help. The 70,000 pound train car has a suspension system that allows it to lean to either side.
The uninjured woman was rescued, and the train continued on its route after a delay of just eight-minutes.
Newspaper photographer Norihiro Shigeta captured the moment.
The incident contrasts remarkably with a commuter on the tracks in 2012, in New York City. last tyear 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han was shoved from a subway platform near Times Square.
Freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi captured the images as the train fatally struck Ki, who left behind behind a wife and daughter. Abbasi's explanation that he was trying to use the camera's flash to alert the driver is uncompelling. And then the NY Post ran the image as a cover.
And RAbbasi refused to talk with reporters unless he was paid.
The NY incident set off an unresolved debate about ethics and responsibility. The freeing of the woman in Japan may go unremarked by history, but it is nice when people come together for good in moments, and succeed.