Japan: Paralysis on the Tracks

Sabotage by ultraleftists leaves 10 million commuters stranded

Japan's national railway network, much like the people it serves, enjoys an international reputation for efficiency and civility. But last Friday both the system and the national cool proved fragile indeed. For several chaotic hours, Tokyo came to a virtual halt after a group of radical activists sabotaged the core of its transportation system. As many as 10 million commuters who normally use the railroads were forced to battle their way onto buses, subways and private rail cars. They pushed and shoved with such force that police officers had to use bullhorns to direct the vast throngs. Those who tried to...

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