Smile, Japan: The Boss Is Watching

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2009 2:28 PM CDT
Male and female passengers board a normal carriage at a metro station in Tokyo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A Japanese rail company is going the extra mile to ensure its employees keep up a sunny disposition. The company is employing computerized scanners that can measure the curvature of employees' mouths to make sure they’re smiling, the BBC reports. A hospital in Osaka and a truck stop will use the same system as well. Anyone failing to measure up can expect a stern warning to look less serious.