Cruis­ing around with his feet up, train op­er­a­tor is ex­posed

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

A Ja­panese bul­let train driver came un­der fire last week af­ter an on­line photo emerged of him op­er­at­ing it with his feet up.

Cen­tral Ja­pan Rail­way said the 29-year-old ac­knowl­edged that he op­er­ated the high-speed train in that po­si­tion for 10 sec­onds on Septem­ber 6. “He told the com­pany that he had tired feet,” a spokesper­son for the op­er­a­tor said, also telling AFP that there was never any dan­ger to the 320 pas­sen­gers aboard the Tokyo-to-Osaka train.

“Shinkansen are equipped with an au­to­matic con­trol sys­tem that man­ages speed and the dis­tance be­tween trains,” the spokesper­son said.

Cen­tral Ja­pan Rail­way, how­ever, in a state­ment called the be­hav­iour “ex­tremely in­ap­pro­pri­ate” and vowed a “strict” re­sponse, sug­gest­ing the driver would be pun­ished.

Re­sponses on Twit­ter were mixed. “I won­der if it was nec­es­sary to ex­pose the photo on the in­ter­net,” one Twit­ter user said, while others crit­i­cised him, with one say­ing he “should know he’s re­spon­si­ble for pas­sen­gers’ lives”.

Ja­pan’s ul­tra-ef­fi­cient shinkansen net­work was in­au­gu­rated in 1964 as Tokyo read­ied to host the Olympic Games and has be­come a sym­bol of the coun­try’s tech­no­log­i­cal prow­ess and ef­fi­ciency.

It has an un­par­al­leled safety record, with no crashes or fa­tal­i­ties due to me­chan­i­cal rea­sons in its half-cen­tury of ser­vice.

Last year, how­ever, a man set him­self ablaze on board a mov­ing bul­let train, killing him­self and a woman in an un­prece­dented in­ci­dent.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Myanmar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.