According to the Tachikawa Police Station and the Hachioji branch of East Japan Railway, a driver of a Chuo Line train spotted the student, aged in 20s, walking long the tracks about 400 meters from JR Kunitachi Station. The driver immediately applied the emergency brakes and halted the train.
A station employee eventually apprehended the student about 200 meters from the station. He was subsequently brought onto the platform and taken into custody by police.
“I don’t know what I was doing,” the student reportedly said. The student was questioned on suspicion of violating the Railway Business Act.
The incident caused a delay to services for 19 trains on the Chuo Line for 30 minutes, inconveniencing about 15,000 passengers.
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About 500 people enjoyed the first outdoor ski run of the season in Japan at a resort at the base of Mt. Fuji. The slope in Susono City in Shizuoka Prefecture opened on Friday. (NHK)
Following Kazuo Ishiguro’s winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 the previous day, Hayakawa Publishing Corp., which sells translated editions of novels by the Japan-born British author in Japan, was busy Friday dealing with orders from bookstores nationwide. (Jiji)
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Japanese beef bowl purveyor Yoshinoya Holdings posted its biggest first-half profit in a decade Friday, thanks to a spiced-up menu, putting the company on the road to shedding its underdog status among industry peers. (Nikkei)
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