Cracks found in Japan’s famed bullet train

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TOKYO — An oil leak was discovered on one of Japan’s iconic bullet trains last week, the “first serious incident” on the high speed Shinkansen rail network in 40 years, Forbes reports. While a crack and an oil leak may be considered minor in some parts of the world, Japan Railways Group officials are concerned about losing public trust and a nearly spotless safety record.

“It is an extremely serious incident,” says Norihiko Yoshie, Japan Rail's vice-president. “It is an accident that betrays the trust over the safety of Shinkansen.”

The Shinkansen lines have had a flawless safety record since it opened in the 1960s and there has never been a passenger fatality. The train with the crack was taken out of service immediately.

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