Photog gets too close, causes shinkansen halt

Kyodo

Bullet trains between Nagoya and Gifuhashima stations were stopped for about 25 minutes Wednesday because a man had come too close to the tracks to take pictures.

Central Japan Railway (JR Tokai) said it resumed operations after checking the safety of the tracks, but the delay affected 13 trains and up to 10,000 passengers.

According to police, a JR Tokai official who was patroling the tracks in Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, at around 8:45 a.m. found a 41-year-old man leaning on the fence to take pictures of bullet trains. The man had a single lens reflex camera and was using a stepladder.

The police didn’t arrest the man because he hadn’t trespassed on the right of way but said they gave him a strong warning.