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Japanese police open criminal investigation into WJRC

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Japanese police are understood to have opened a criminal investigation into the West Japan Railway Company (WJRC) following the train crash that killed 106 people near the city of Osaka in April. Local press reports claim that WJRC is under investigation on suspicion of professional negligence after analysis of the black box recorder revealed that the train was travelling at 108km/h when the driver activated the emergency brake. The speed limit was 70km/h. It is alleged that the driver, who was found dead in the wreckage, was under pressure to make up a 90second delay.

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