Kawasaki Heavy Admits Internal Issues behind Shinkansen Crack


Kobe, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. <7012> said Friday that its flawed internal control led to a dangerous crack in a Shinkansen train undercarriage found in December last year.

The crack was found on an undercarriage steel frame of a Tokyo-bound Shinkansen train operated by West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, from Hakata in the southwestern prefecture of Fukuoka.

Prior to the detection, there were reports from people on the train of abnormalities including unusual sounds. But the Nozomi superexpress, which carried 1,000 passengers, continued to run for about three hours before stopping at Nagoya.

The crack was so deep the frame nearly ruptured. The government views this as the first serious incident on Japan's iconic high-speed railway network.

On Friday, Kawasaki Heavy published a report on the results of its investigation into the incident that included outside experts as well as on preventive measures.

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