Japan bullet train suicide kills two, injures six

02:36 PM | 30 Jun, 2015
Japan bullet train suicide kills two, injures six
TOKYO (Web Desk) - In a suspected suicide, a man set himself on fire on board a Japanese bullet train, killing himself and another person, while injured six others.

The man poured fuel over himself in the first carriage of Shinkansen bullet train, a Japan Rail spokesman told the BBC. The train was going from Tokyo to Osaka with about 1,000 people on board.

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It was near Odawara city when the emergency stop button was pressed, BBC reported. All trains on the Tokyo-Osaka high speed line were stopped.

Officials have given no indication of the man's motives but are treating the incident as a suicide.

Japan Rail officials said the train came to a stop after the emergency button was pressed and the man who set himself on fire was then discovered near the toilet stall.

The other dead passenger, a woman, was reportedly found at the other end of the carriage.

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Japan's famous bullet train is the safest in the world. It has not recorded a single fatality since it started operation more than 50 years ago. However, the country is known for high suicide rate among men between the ages of 20 and 44.