Leftovers from 2004 blamed for 'Kitakata ramen' train sign flap
FUKUSHIMA--Data input 12 years ago was erroneously regurgitated, leading to a puzzling display of "Kitakata ramen" on an electronic train signboard at JR Aizu-Wakamatsu Station on June 18, railway officials said.
The Fukushima branch office of East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) announced on June 20 that data on the train, called “Kitakata Ramen Festa-go,” was found remaining in a computer terminal.
The Kitakata Raman Festa-go train ran between Kitakata Station in Fukushima Prefecture and Sendai Station in Miyagi Prefecture in February 2004, in conjunction with a festival featuring the local delicacy and other ramen noodles.
According to the office, a 485-series limited express train, which had been manufactured by Japanese National Railways, the predecessor of JR East, was scheduled to make its final run on June 18 under the name of “Tokkyu Aizu” (Limited express train Aizu).
A JR Aizu-Wakamatsu Station staff member input “Sayonara 485 series (Tokkyu Aizu)” (Goodbye 485 series Tokkyu Aizu) into a computer terminal in the station on June 17. At that time, the staffer did not confirm whether the words would be correctly shown.
The next day, the wrong signage of “Kitakata ramen” appeared on the electronic signboard.
“We still don’t know why the data (of 12 years ago) was erroneously transmitted. We caused inconvenience because of our failure to confirm (whether the sign would be correctly displayed),” said an official of the branch.
Macmillan Dictionary.comでは、１. “to bring food up from your stomach back into your mouth” -２. “to repeat facts or ideas that you have heard or learnt without understanding them or thinking about them for yourself ”と第１義、第２義が定義されていました。今回の記事では両方の意味がかけられているのではないかと思います。