• The Associated Press


West Japan Railway Co. said Wednesday it will add 21 seconds to its average rush hour journey after tight timetables and speeding were blamed for a derailment that killed 107 people last year.

The new timetable, which takes effect next month, adds an average of 21 seconds to rush hour express train journeys and 16 seconds to off-peak services between the cities of Takarazuka and Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, JR West spokesman Norio Kitamura said.

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