Security cameras will be installed in East Japan Railway Co.'s (JR East) 8,300 train cars that run in the Tokyo metropolitan area following the deadly Shinkansen knife attack in June, the company announced July 3.
The railway operator had already announced in April that it would install such cameras in all its new train cars starting this fiscal year, but is now expanding the installation program.
The company decided to enhance its planned anti-crime measures in response to the June incident in which a passenger on the Osaka-bound Nozomi bullet train along the Tokaido Shinkansen Line killed one passenger and injured two others with a knife.
JR East will replace lamps around the train car doors with fluorescent LED lamps equipped with cameras.
"We will strictly and carefully handle the footage by limiting the members of staff who will be allowed to access it," a JR East official said.
As well as the local trains, 200 Shinkansen cars that currently do not have security cameras will be fitted with them on a budget of 12 billion yen ($109 million) assigned to the project, which is aimed to be completed by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Security cameras will also be set up in crew’s cabins on trains, which are subject to frequent break-ins.
In the Tokyo metropolitan area, Tokyo Metro Co. and the Tokyo metropolitan government’s Bureau of Transportation are working on installing security cameras in all subway cars.
Tokyu Corp. also intends to install such cameras onto all its train cars.