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More flexibility needed to avoid repeat of chaos after typhoon

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Typhoon No. 15, which brought heavy wind and rain damage to the greater Tokyo area, should serve as a lesson in disaster preparedness.

Railway companies announced the cancellation of some services in advance but failed to avert post-typhoon pandemonium at train stations when the operations resumed.

We hope the companies will go over the mistakes they made to ensure safe and smooth operations in the future.

For the first time since September last year, railway operators went ahead with extensive “planned suspension of services” in the Kanto region. This time, many operators announced their plans one day ahead, which was well and good. But problems arose after the typhoon had passed.

From the evening before to the morning of the typhoon, East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) kept explaining that it would suspend operations “until around 8 a.m.” But the strong winds persisted longer than expected, delaying the actual resumption of service. As a result, people........

© The Asahi Shimbun