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Bullet train services disrupted after man walks onto tracks looking for smartphone

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Bullet train services on the Tokaido Shinkansen line were disrupted for 37 minutes on Saturday night after a man walked onto the tracks at JR Shizuoka Station, looking for his smartphone.

The incident occurred at around 9:35 p.m., Chubu Shimbun reported. A station employee pressed the emergency stop button after he saw the man walking on the tracks. According to JR Tokai, this caused delays of up to 37 minutes on 17 inbound and outbound lines, affecting approximately 14,000 people.

Police said the man, who is a Buddhist monk in his 30s from Yamanashi Prefecture, returned to the platform after a few minutes and said he thought he had dropped his smartphone on the tracks but that he must have been mistaken.

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Buddhist monk in his 30s from Yamanashi Prefecture, returned to the platform after a few minutes and said he thought he had dropped his smartphone on the tracks but that he must have been mistaken.

He must be in Zen state in such way he wasn't aware with his surrounding.

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Does the fact he is a Buddhist monk have anything to do with the incident? Probably not. It seems like this is mentioned to make people look down on Buddhism. Instead, why not investigate and probably find out he needed his phone because he was on his way to a funeral?

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Marc Lowe

Does the fact he is a Buddhist monk have anything to do with the incident? 

No more than anyone's job has to do with any incident. Yet, it's the way things are reported here. Is this your first news article?

It seems like this is mentioned to make people look down on Buddhism

Anti-Buddhist discrimination? In Japan? Uh huh. Sure.

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Needless to say he should be arrested and fined for the costs of delay. Got to be a complete moron to do that.

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Redemption

Needless to say he should be arrested and fined for the costs of delay.

Arrested? Of course not. Fined? Most certainly.

Got to be a complete moron to do that.

No argument there.

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Needless to say he should be arrested and fined for the costs of delay.

As far as I know, you get a fined around JPY 10,000 to 100,000 for entering the tracks.

Now that may seem very cheap, but there are two reason for it

1) if you enter the tracks you put youself in a great risk... and will be caught (either by the train or by the police).

2) No matter if you survive or not, a civil lawsuit will be serve to you (or your family). if you (your family) looses the case... that most probably you will loose.... comensation to the train operatior will be imposed.

There has been cases where the family of the defendant (who died on the tracks) where ordered to pay around 7 millon JPY for damages and compensation to the train operator.

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Sounds like he has some way left before reaching enlightenment.

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he should be arrested and fined for the costs of delay. Got to be a complete moron to do that.

Any Japanese know to call the station's personnel to retrieve anything from the track.

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Trespass is a crime. Anyways he got lucky but anyone who does that shows immensely poor judgment and lack of awareness about how his actions may affect others. Hopefully he is a hermit monk and doesn't venture out much.

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