Moral and Ethical Issues
Science and Technology
Magnetic levitation has been around for years, this advance mode of surface high speed transportation whereby a vehicle gliding above a guide way is suspended, guided, and propelled by magnetic forces that actually allows it to float in air 4 to 6 inches in the air and travels up to 300 mph. Despite the Shinkansen’s many advantages it is not with its faults. Crashes and Accidents
Since there are so much riding on this fast train, has the safety technology been compromised during the construction of the train. According to some observers ICE safety technology, which locks up the train's wheels and can let train cars jackknife. With this, officials may minimize accidents reports of their gravity to help persuade the promotion and sales of this high speed transportation. Do all the advantages of this transportation out ways the censorship of some the other accidents, by both the Japanese commission and government, that the public may not be even aware of ? Passenger Hostility
Some reported crash cases have made some Japanese passengers angry that they physically attacked Shinkansen train operators. “In the worst case a woman driver was left bleeding after being punched by a man shouting: "What's Japan Railways up to, when so many people can die in that accident?" On Friday another woman driver almost fell in front of a train when a man kicked her at Osaka station. Pieces of paper bearing the word "Die" have been stuck on the windows of drivers' compartments. The railway union has set up a helpline for employees traumatized by the public hostility. There have been 70 cases of physical or verbal abuse since these crashes happened, in which 107 people died and hundreds were injured. A seven-coach train packed with commuters ploughed into a block of flats in Amagasaki, near Osaka, because its driver, who also died, was speeding round a bend. It seems certain that he was afraid of being harshly...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document