Following an accident involving a person on the tracks at Himeji station (Hyogo prefecture), severe disruptions were reported on the high-speed Shinkansen rail network between Shin-Osaka station (Osaka prefecture) and Hakata (Fukoka prefecture) as of the evening (local time) of Friday, October 19. Disruptions were also reported between Shin-Osaka and Tokyo. According to rail officials, services resumed at 21:00. Nevertheless, residual disruptions are possible in the coming hours.
Potentially affected travelers are advised to confirm the status of their trains prior to departure.
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