16 Shinkansen Train Yards at Risk of Flooding

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Tokyo, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--Sixteen out of 28 rail yards for Shinkansen bullet trains in Japan are located in areas designated as flood risk zones on hazard maps, transport ministry officials said Wednesday.

The 16 facilities include a Hokuriku Shinkansen yard in the central city of Nagano that is operated by East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East.

The Nagano rail yard was flooded after a levee for the nearby Chikuma River broke due to torrential rain from Typhoon Hagibis, which struck the country in mid-October, with 10 12-car trains at the facility suffering damage.

"We are asking railway operators to examine the effects of floods as well as the efficacy of anti-flood measures," transport minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said at a committee meeting in the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.

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