Heavy snow in eastern and northeastern Japan has seen flamethrower wielding JR staff tied to the front of moving trains in a bid to maintain respectable punctuality.
“Yesterday we experienced severe snowstorms resulting in a particularly high number of burns victims,” said a JR spokesman.
Staff aimed directly toward the train tracks but casualties were “unavoidable” with regular train speeds effecting shooter accuracy.
At least 50 people were taken to Tokyo hospitals with acute third-degree burns, and another 40 reportedly injured by moving flamethrower in Saitama Prefecture.
The large majority of victims agreed that strapping workers to the front of trains to blast away snow at high speeds was a necessary risk to maximise train arrivals within 30 seconds of schedule.