The passengers were instructed to get off the train and walked about 500 meters on the rail tracks to nearby stations on an Odakyu Electric Railway Co. line. No one was injured, according to police and other sources.
The fire burned about 15 square meters of the roof of the second car in the eight-car train, which was bound for Shinjuku Station from Honatsugi Station.
The fire started at a three-story building in Shibuya Ward around 4:05 p.m. (7:05 a.m. GMT) and spread to the train when it was brought to an emergency stop near the building.
The train stopped after a police officer pressed an emergency train stop button at a railroad crossing near the site of the fire.
About 300 passengers were evacuated after a fire spread to a train from a nearby building in central Tokyo on Sunday. (Jiji)
The 65-year-old owner of a small Japanese restaurant in Miyazaki city was stabbed to death on Saturday, police said. (Japan Today)
A stone monument has been unveiled near a levee that collapsed 2 years ago on the Kinugawa River, north of Tokyo. (NHK)
Mitsuoka Motor Co Ltd has unveiled its Fusion sleeping/funeral car based on minivans. (Japan Today)
Japan’s defense minister says North Korea has sufficient capabilities to be recognized as a nuclear power. (NHK)
Reflecting the recent rise of alpine accidents amid the trekking boom in Japan, experts advise hikers to get insurance covering search and rescue expenses, which can be hugely expensive. (Japan Today)
American songstress Katy Perry is known around the world for her hit songs, extravagant costumes, and her bad blood with fellow singer Taylor Swift. Here in Japan, though, the 32-year-old performer is becoming known for her love of local reed diffusers and fabric softeners, thanks to a new commercial being broadcast to television screens around the nation from 8 September. (Japan Today)
A 24-year-old male professional dancer was arrested after stealing a taxi in Tokyo and injuring the 41-year-old male driver, police said Saturday. (Japan Today)
A tour bus caught fire and burned up Saturday on the Shin-Tomei Expressway in Aichi Prefecture, but the driver and his 40 passengers escaped without injury. (Japan Times)
Yoshihide Kiryu has become the first Japanese to break the 10-second barrier in the men’s 100 meter sprint. (NHK)