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Tuesday, 22nd October 2013
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Shinkansen braking system receives upgrade

New efforts to improve the braking systems of the famous Shinkansen bullet trains so that they can stop safely in the event of a major earthquake have been showcased to the media this week.

Japan's trains have a reputation for being on time, with conductors apologising for a delay as insignificant as 30 seconds and notes given out to commuters to show their employers should their lateness be questioned.

However, should disaster strike, the upgraded system will be able to increase braking force by up to 15 per cent, and bring the train to a halt sooner to prevent accidents on board.

Previous improvements to the brakes of Shinkansen were made in January of this year, with commentators speculating they would improve arrival times in the event of an earthquake.

A company official told the media: "We pursued faster stopping times for the new train. We prioritised improved safety over higher speed."

Tourists in Japan can use the Shinkansen to reach cities or attractions as part of the JR travel pass, which permits unlimited travel over a period of seven, 14, or 21 consecutive days across Japan Rail's numerous services throughout the country.

Written by Susan Ballion

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