Tokaido Shinkansen Train Crew, Guards to Have Protective Equipment

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Nagoya, July 25 (Jiji Press)--Central Japan Railway Co. <9022>, or JR Tokai, said Wednesday it will from next month equip bullet trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line with protective shields and "sasumata" man catchers for use by crew members and security guards.

The move follows a stabbing rampage on a Tokaido Shinkansen train in June that left one passenger dead and two others injured.

JR Tokai said protective shields as well as knife-proof gloves and vests will be available for crew members and protective shields and sasumatas for security guards on all its trains on the line by the end of the year.

Similar equipment will be provided on Tokaido Shinkansen trains operated by West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West.

JR Tokai also said it will add triangular bandages, hemostasis pads and rubber gloves to medical kits on Shinkansen trains within this year.

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