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Crack found in bullet train could have caused derailment: JR West

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"the company has vowed to make safety its top priority" -- really? is that why they are going to wait until "the end of January" to check the undercarriages? Are they giving employees "time off" to enjoy O-Shogatsu? What is their logic?

Tatami,

The impression I get is that they will complete the checks by then, meaning it will take roughly one month to carry out detailed inspections.

That sounds reasonable, doesn't it, considering that they can't pull all carriages out of service simultaneously and shut down the system.

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While the trains starting running in 92' there have been numerous upgrades and the original trains are no longer in service, so who knows just how long this train was running, for all anyone knows it could be brand-new!

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@Strangerland - I haven't been here 25 years, and the Nozomi wasn't here when I first came. If I recall correctly, it was around 2002 or 2003 when it came into service.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nozomi_(train)

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Kobe Steel is one of Kawasaki Heavy Industries' suppliers, so it could be traced back to the safety data scandal.

My thoughts exactly upon reading the article.

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Kobe Steel is one of Kawasaki Heavy Industries' suppliers, so it could be traced back to the safety data scandal.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinkansen

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The Nozomi is one of the oldest bullet trains in Japan. It's been in operation since 1992 (25 years). 

I haven't been here 25 years, and the Nozomi wasn't here when I first came. If I recall correctly, it was around 2002 or 2003 when it came into service.

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The Nozomi is one of the oldest bullet trains in Japan. It's been in operation since 1992 (25 years). That's a heck of a lot of high-speed kilometers between Tokyo and Osaka. It should be no surprise it's starting to break. It's pretty clear they need to upgrade their inspection routine to include metal fatigue. It only takes one accident to destroy their perfect safety record.

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"the company has vowed to make safety its top priority" -- really? is that why they are going to wait until "the end of January" to check the undercarriages? Are they giving employees "time off" to enjoy O-Shogatsu? What is their logic?

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Sub-standard Steel perhaps ?

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Crack found in bullet train 

from the tagline i thought this was about an illegal substance.

Japanese infrastructure is now reaching "past the use by date". my local train station has cracks on the platform to such an extent, that i wait near the main structural base.

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Maybe they used a little superglue to help it pass the inspection.

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Positive point: there are no victims

Negative point: running 3 hours at that incredible speed with a burning smell!?!??

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 letting the train continue to operate while suspecting some type of problem is negligent

The "fail safe" principle was overlooked.

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Thankfully there was no accident, but letting the train continue to operate while suspecting some type of problem is negligent.

Lives are more important than keeping a schedule!

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