Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) said Friday it has suspended a shinkansen driver for putting both his feet up on the control panel while operating a train.
JR Central said the 29-year-old driver has admitted to putting his feet up on the control panel for about 10 seconds to stretch his legs, Sankei Shimbun reported. The driver said he had done the same thing several times before, JR Central said at a news conference.
The incident occurred at around 2 p.m. on Sept 6 while the 16-car Kodama No. 653 train was between Kakegawa and Hamamatsu stations in Shizuoka Prefecture, bound for Shin-Osaka Statuion. A train enthusiast took a photo of the driver with his feet up and posted it on Twitter, after which it went viral.
JR Central apologized for the incident. It said it was against the rules for a driver to have his feet up on the control panel as it could prevent a fast response in the event of an emergency.
However, the company said the train was in no danger because it has a system to automatically slow down if it goes over the speed limit.© Japan Today