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Japan's trainspotters cause headaches for local governments

Towns explore better ways to work with photographers chasing the perfect shot

Trainspotters gather at East Japan Railway's Utsunomiya Station on Aug. 26 for the debut of the 14.6-km Haga Utsunomiya LRT light-rail line serving Japan's Tochigi prefecture.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- From trespassing near tracks to activating emergency brakes, a spate of incidents involving Japan's amateur train photographers are leading some local governments to step up efforts to keep the peace.

These trainspotters, called toritetsu in Japanese, have sparked controversy for the lengths they sometimes go to.

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