• Kyodo


Police have arrested a 61-year-old man for allegedly opening the doors of a bullet train on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line, apparently out of frustration that the train had taken off with his belongings still on the platform.

The train driver hit the emergency brakes and stopped the Tokyo-bound train, which was carrying about 700 passengers, after noticing that a warning light was on, police officials said Monday.

The train conductor checked the doors and found two doors open. The suspect was standing nearby complaining that the train had taken off from Okayama Station, leaving his belongings on the platform.

The conductor apprehended the suspect and handed him over to Hyogo police after the train arrived at Shin Kobe Station.

The suspect, Yasumasa Ogawa, a self-employed man from Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, was arrested on charges of obstructing business.

According to West Japan Railroad Co., there was evidence that the emergency door control knobs on the first six cars of the train had been activated.

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