Man arrested for attempted arson of the Shinkansen

YATSUSHIRO, Kumamoto Prefecture – A male passenger was arrested on suspicion of starting a fire on the floor of a Shinkansen train traveling in Kumamoto Prefecture on the morning of November 8, police said.

JR Kyushu employees, who were aboard the bullet train, overpowered Kiyoshi Miyake, 69, which led to his arrest at Shin-Yatsushiro station on suspicion of attempted arson of a inhabited structure.

Miyake also set his clothes on fire, according to firefighters.

Although the fire burned the floor of the train, no injuries were reported among the passengers.

The Sakura # 401, an eight-car train, was traveling between Kumamoto and Shin-Yatsushiro stations with around 140 passengers on board when Miyake attempted to carry out arson around 8:45 a.m., police said.

The incident caused a service delay of approximately 50 minutes on the Kyushu Shinkansen line.

Miyake, a resident of Fukuoka, is suspected of spraying flammable liquid and using a lighter he brought to start the fire, police said.

The train, which had left Hiroshima Station bound for Kagoshima Chuo Station, was stopped urgently after an alarm went off in car No.3, according to Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) , which operates the Kyushu Shinkansen line.

Smoke was rising inside when a driver, responding to the alarm, rushed into the car. But the driver managed to extinguish the fire.

(This article was written by Kana Yamada, Hideki Ito, and Yoshiki Yashiro.)

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