This looks just too silly, especially the gay hard hats the Press were forced to wear.
RIFU, northern Japan—-Japan’s newest test model of Shinkansen bullet train is unveiled… a new generation model, displayed two types of the jade-color models, with different shapes of its nose. Each has ear-like devices placed on its roof ….
Because of the recent killer train wreck, the Japan Railways PR people wanted to push the safety features, hence the mouse ears were displayed. However, there’s no explaining the Japanese hat/uniform fetish.