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Crack on undercarriage dents bullet train's safety record

First-ever grave structural damage results in service cancellation

The bullet train in question was seen still parked at Nagoya Station at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- For the first time ever, a shinkansen bullet train has developed a structural anomaly recognized by the Japan Transport Safety Board as a grave incident posing the risk of a serious accident. 

The defect appeared Monday on the No. 34 Nozomi train during its run from the southern city of Hakata to Tokyo on the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen line. The train is owned by West Japan Railway

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