Martial arts to be taught to Japanese railway staff after spike of attacks

Railway companies across Japan are training their staff in martial arts and equipping them with pepper spray due to a sudden increase in the number of attacks on employees.

Figures released this week by 25 railway firms show that there were 869 attacks on station staff or train crew in the fiscal year that ended in March, up 117 incidents from the previous year.

That figure was a new record for the third consecutive year, the operators said.

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