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Graffiti Forces Shinkansen Bullet Train to Cancel Run

July 2, 2008

By Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Jul. 1–TOKYO — Graffiti found Tuesday on the body of a Shinkansen bullet train forced railway operator East Japan Railway Co. to cancel a scheduled Niigata Prefecture-bound run, affecting some 500 would-be passengers, JR East officials said.

Roman letters reading “Hack” were found sprayed apparently in blue, red and white over a stretch of 4-5 meters on the side of the second car of Tanigawa 401 during checks at around 5 a.m. inside a rail yard in the capital’s Kita Ward, the officials said.

Local police are investigating the incident as a case of vandalism, suspecting somebody snuck into the rail yard and put the graffiti on the train.

The 10-car Tanigawa 401 on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line was to leave Tokyo at 6:32 a.m. for Echigoyuzawa Station in Niigata Prefecture.

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