Shinkansen train stops after door opens
NHK -- Aug 22
A Shinkansen bullet train made an emergency stop after one of its doors opened while speeding through northeastern Japan.

East Japan Railway says the Tohoku Shinkansen train bound for Tokyo left Sendai at 10:07 a.m. on Wednesday. Ten minutes later, while the train was running at about 280 kilometers per hour, the driver was alerted that a door on one of the cars had opened.

The driver engaged the emergency brakes, and the train stopped inside a tunnel.

The door was found to be fully open.

About 340 people were on the train, but no one was injured.

East Japan Railway says a cleaner at Sendai station forgot to close the car's device that manually opens and closes doors.

The door may have opened due to the force of the wind as the train picked up speed.

The company has apologized for the incident and is considering measures to prevent a recurrence.

21日、東北新幹線で走行中にドアが開いてそのまま走行するトラブルがありました。 午前10時17分ごろ、東北新幹線のはやぶさ46号が仙台駅から白石蔵王駅へ向けて走行中に突然、ドアが開いて運転士が柴田町のトンネルで緊急停止しました。車掌が全開になっていた9号車のドアを閉めて運転を再開しましたが、当時、列車は時速280キロのスピードで走行していました。乗客約340人にけがなどはありませんでした。仙台駅で清掃員がドアコックを閉め忘れたのが原因だということです。このトラブルで、上下合わせて7本に最大28分の遅れが出ました。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
Sep 23
Severe tropical storm Tapah is battering parts of western and southwestern Japan. It is expected to affect most of the country through Monday. (NHK)
Sep 22
Airline companies operating in Japan have canceled more than 300 domestic flights scheduled for Sunday due to Typhoon Tapah. (NHK)
Sep 21
The Rugby World Cup has kicked off in Japan. It's the first time an Asian country has hosted the tournament. (NHK)
Sep 21
Saitama Prefectural Police launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a missing boy, 9, at an apartment block in Saitama City early Wednesday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Sept. 18). (
Sep 21
A court awarded damages Wednesday to a woman in her 30s who broke up with her same-sex partner because of infidelity, recognizing their common-law partnership despite same-sex marriage not being legal in the country. (Japan Times)
Sep 21
A new terminal for low-cost carriers opened at Chubu Centrair International Airport near Nagoya on Friday, raising expectations of growth in the number of foreign visitors to the Chubu region. (Japan Times)
Sep 20
A Japanese district court has found all three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company not guilty in the only criminal prosecution stemming from the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima. (NHK)
Sep 20
A growing number of foreign tourists coming to Japan has helped push up commercial land prices throughout the country. (NHK)
Sep 20
E-commerce giant Amazon Japan has announced it will launch a locker delivery service called Amazon Hub at the major convenience store chain FamilyMart and train stations along the Odakyu line. (Japan Today)
Sep 19
The operator of a private-sector English proficiency test began accepting applications Wednesday for its tests that will serve as a component of Japan’s new standardized university entrance exam. (Japan Times)