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OSAKA (Kyodo) The new president of West Japan Railway Co. pledged Wednesday to make safety the carrier’s priority and pledged not to forget the fatal April 2005 derailment in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture.

“My biggest mission is to create a climate that places priority on safety,” Masao Yamazaki, 62, said at a news conference at JR West’s head office in Osaka following his appointment.

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