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A shinkansen made an emergency stop on Friday inside the nearly 54-kilometer undersea tunnel on the newly opened Hokkaido Shinkansen Line, the railway operator said Wednesday.

The driver stopped the train because an emergency signal was triggered by a small metal object lying near the track, Hokkaido Railway Co. officials said. It was the first emergency halt by a bullet train since shinkansen services began between Tokyo and Hokkaido on March 26.

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