Japanese musician Minoru Mukaiya speaking at his workplace in Tokyo last month. Mukaiya is a composer of ‘hassha merodii’ or train departure melodies, short jingles that whisk commuters on their way at some of the world's busiest stations. Photo: AFP

Jingle bells! Meet Japan’s most heard - but least known - musician, who’s dedicated his life to writing music for train stations 

Minoru Mukaiya, 61, has created 170 train jingles and has more than 34,000 Twitter followers - but his actual audience is in the millions, even if they don’t know it

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Japanese musician Minoru Mukaiya speaking at his workplace in Tokyo last month. Mukaiya is a composer of ‘hassha merodii’ or train departure melodies, short jingles that whisk commuters on their way at some of the world's busiest stations. Photo: AFP
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