Private Company’s Admirable Assistance in Derailment Attracts Nationwide Attention
Prepared by Editorial Office
A train derailment occurring on April 29, 2005 on the West Japan Railway Company (JR West) Fukuchiyama line near Osaka killed 106 passengers and the driver and injured 555 passengers. The quick action in the public and private sectors shortened the time needed for rescue activity and significantly reduced the number of dead and injured. The story holds an important lesson for people working in Japan’s disaster management and the potential role volunteers could provide through individual and united contribution.