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Traffic safety classes are often held for the benefit of elementary school pupils.

But one given earlier this month in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, was of special significance.

Because of extensive damage done to the local railway system by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, most of the children had never seen a functioning railroad crossing. But they were finally taught the basics of how to safely cross one, according to the Iwate Prefecture edition of The Asahi Shimbun.

"Never walk into the crossing while the alarm is on," warned a railway company worker. "Never cross the tracks where there is no crossing........

© The Asahi Shimbun