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Three railways have signed a deal with a state research institute to implement a system to halt shinkansen trains more swiftly in the event of a major offshore quake near the Japanese archipelago.

The emergency stop signals of the new system, to be introduced Wednesday on certain sections of the Tohoku and Joetsu Shinkansen lines operated by East Japan Railway Co., activate 10 to 30 seconds faster than the current system by utilizing seismic data captured by a quake sensor on the Pacific seafloor, the railroads and institute said Monday.

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