Ten of Japan's bullet trains will be scrapped. They were caught in the after Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan in October. The typhoon caused damage and loss of life in Japan. There were many photos and TV footage of the 10 bullet trains lined up next to each other at a train yard near the central city of Nagano. They were in floodwater after the nearby Chikuma River burst its banks. The trains used to run between Tokyo and a city on the Sea of Japan called Kanazawa. The line is running 80 per cent of its normal services. The bullet train company said it hopes to be running a service again by the of March 2020.
Bullet trains are called Shinkansen in Japan. They started in 1964 in for the Tokyo Olympics. They became an iconic of Japan and were the world's fastest trains. They reach speeds of 320kph. The bullet train rail has expanded to currently consist of 2,764km. People take around 350 million a year on the Shinkansen. A Shinkansen president, Yuji Fukasawa, spoke about the trains. He said the floodwater seriously damaged their and braking systems. The total of the damage is around $135 million. He said: "For and safety, we [will] replace the trains with newly built instead of repairing them."