JR East to bid for high-speed railway project in California

Sep 6, 2014

JR East to bid for high-speed railway project in California

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) plans to take part in international bidding this fall to supply railcars for a high-speed railway line planned in California, JR East sources said Friday. The line would link San Francisco to Anaheim and cost around $67.6 billion ...

Violence against railway workers on decline

Jul 8, 2014

Violence against railway workers on decline

Cases of violence by train passengers against railway workers totaled 760 in fiscal 2013, down by 68 from the previous year, according to the latest tally by an industry group. In a report released Monday, the Association of Japanese Private Railways said 29 railway ...

Narita Express train headed to Mount Fuji

Jun 17, 2014

Narita Express train headed to Mount Fuji

by Atsushi Kodera

The Narita Express railway service will run all the way to Mount Fuji starting this summer, offering travelers a potential way to skip the capital and its congested railway interchanges. The distinctive red and black N’ex cars currently link the Tokyo area to Narita ...

Apr 27, 2014

Public Wi-Fi access slowly increasing in Japan

Japanese public transportation operators are broadening wireless Internet access services at train stations and on airplanes in line with widespread use of smartphones and in response to strong requests from foreign tourists. Japan Airlines began to offer an onboard Internet access service via Wi-Fi ...

Disaster debris trains make final run

Jan 13, 2014

Disaster debris trains make final run

The cargo trains dedicated to bringing disaster debris from Tohoku to Tokyo ended operations Monday because the volume of the rubble has been substantially reduced two years and 10 months after a massive offshore earthquake and tsunami wrecked its Pacific coastline in March 2011. ...

JR's portraits put a face on Tohoku

Apr 4, 2013

JR's portraits put a face on Tohoku

by Stuart Munro

French artist JR, whose show of photographic artwork is on display at the Watari-um (Watari Museum of Contemporary Art), inspires while questioning the role of art in war-torn and disaster-ridden places, asking whether art could really change things for the better. JR not only ...