Japan: Yamanote Line Sprint

Earlier this week, roughly 20,000 Tokyo commuters were forced to wait 20 minutes when a 40-year-old woman jumped onto the tracks of the Yamanote Line [ja], one of the city's busiest train lines, and began to run. Reportedly triggered by trouble with an aquaintance [ja], the woman's 1.5 km sprint — heading from Yoyogi station to Harajuku station — was heralded by many as the first of its kind. Needless to say, many wondered what it was the woman was thinking.

Blogger a-usa explains what happened and offers her thoughts:


There is all this noise about a woman who, on the evening of the 11th, made a “sprint” along the JR Yamanote line between Yoyogi and Harajuku stations (about 1.5 km). According to a follow-up investigation by the Shinjuku Police station, just before the incident the woman had had some troubles with an acquaintance, and after getting off at Yoyogi station, she jumped onto the tracks…
It was the conductor of a train that passed her by who saw the woman running along the tracks, radioed for an emergency shutdown, and immediately brought the train to an emergency stop.


It's really an amazing story. I could never do that, run 1.5 kilometers along the train tracks.
And on top of that, they say that the woman is 45 years old, that really surprised me.
The conductor of the train must also have been surprised. It's an absolutely unbelievable story.
If I was the conductor, I'm sure I would have mistaken it for a specter or a ghost.


But what was this 45-year-old person doing anyway? Because she is mentally unstable, they didn't press for criminal charges and just handed her over to her family, but is that really enough? While she may be called mentally unstable, it is not known to what degree she is unstable, and it's not possible, from what is known, to make a judgment.
Strange things like this do happen.
I don't know what happened [with her], but people should not cause other people trouble. (LOL)


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