According to Mainichi Shimbun, JR West, which operates the Sanyo Shinkansen line, unironically instills a culture of safety by making its employees sit inside a train tunnel and to get a feel of what a train passing at 300 km/h is like:
According to a veteran employee in his 50s, the training is called the “300km/h experience training.”
He heard it was scary and told his supervisor that he didn’t want to go. But his supervisor said: “It’s your turn now.”
On the day, the employees were split into two groups and each entered the tunnel. Donning helmets and safety googles, they sat in the tunnel access path, and ducked their heads when the Shinkansen train neared.
It’s supposed to be a valuable corporate learning experience:
The male employee sat through three trains in each direction. He said, “The wind pressure was really strong. I felt pinned down. It was scary. Was there any meaning behind this training?
After the exercise, there was a group discussion, and everyone wrote reflection papers. A colleague who received the training on a different day also said that it was scary.
Here are other corporate ideas from Japan’s world-leading railway companies (actually, both are from JR Tokai, another operator of the Shinkansen):
- Train drivers no longer have to make a radio transmission about and a written report of when and where they drank water, and whether passengers complained about their act of drinking water (飲んだ時間や場所、理由や乗客の苦情の有無) while operating a train to stop drivers from fainting of heatstroke while at work.
- Create an ad that makes the sexy Shinkansen into a sexy erect penis.