The training exercise required staff to stand next to the tracks as a bullet train sped past just one metre away. Photo: EPA

Japan’s shinkansen staff to be spared ‘punishment’ training

  • Operator JR West had required staff to crouch beside tracks as bullet trains sped past at 300km/h. Three years on, union’s complaints that this is dangerous appear to have been heard
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The training exercise required staff to stand next to the tracks as a bullet train sped past just one metre away. Photo: EPA
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.