Fact Check: 2018 Image of Japanese Bullet Train Shared with Misleading Claims

Following a collision with a cattle, India’s high-tech train Vande Bharat Express sustained damage twice during its first week of operation. Many have made fun of the train due to this tragic sequence of events. Against this backdrop, an image of a dented train engine is being widely shared on social media, claiming that when a Japanese bullet train sustains damage after an animal collision nobody mocks it. 

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “ज़ापान में बुलेट ट्रैन जानवर से टकराकर उतनी ही टूट गयी , ज़ितनी बीते दिनों अपनी वन्दे भारत टूटी थी, लेकिन् वहां किसी ने मज़ाक़ नहीं उड़ाया, पर हमारे यहा तो जैसे लोगो को अपने देश की कमी निकालने और मजाक बनाने का बहाना चाहिए !!!” (English translation: A bullet train collided with an animal in Japan and broke just like in India.. no one made fun of it, but people here need an excuse to make fun of their country and make fun of them.)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Doing a simple Reverse Image Search, we found Getty Images carrying the same image with a caption: “Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter on June 14, 2018, shows a Nozomi shinkansen bullet train with cracks on its bonnet at JR Shin-Shimonoseki Station in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan. The train hit and killed a man on the tracks between Hakata and Kokura stations in Fukuoka Prefecture earlier in the day.”

A Japanese media report published on June 15, 2018, with the same incident and image states: “A Nozomi shinkansen train bound for Tokyo hit a man, identified as a 52-year-old caregiver from Fukuoka Prefecture, between Hakata and Kokura stations in the southwestern Japanese prefecture at around 2 pm.” 

Another report by Japan Times states: “The government has instructed West Japan Railway Co. to investigate why a driver of one of its bullet trains that hit and killed a man who had entered the tracks did not report hearing an abnormal sound at the time, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii.” 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that an old image of a Japanese bullet train has been shared with misleading claims. 

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