• Kyodo


East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) will by the end of the year equip its bullet trains with shields and tear gas spray to be used by train crew in response to a deadly knife attack on a crowded shinkansen in June, the railway operator said in a press release Tuesday.

The security equipment will be placed inside all its bullet trains, with drivers and conductor carrying sprayers and flashlights so they can obstruct the vision of attackers. Stab-proof jackets and two-pronged weapons for catching criminals will also be readied at all shinkansen stops and major conventional railway stations.

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