JR Tokai begins building maglev stations

Dec 18, 2014

JR Tokai begins building maglev stations

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) has started to build underground stations at two terminals that will host a magnetically levitated train for service between Tokyo and Nagoya that is expected to begin in 2027, it said Wednesday. In October, JR Tokai, operator of ...

Dec 17, 2014

Panel to examine cycling safety measures after rise in collisions

As more people take to cycling and collisions with pedestrians increase, the transport ministry is looking at supporting municipalities’ efforts to build additional dedicated lanes. The ministry said it will set up a panel of experts Friday to examine the best way to promote ...

Dec 17, 2014

Beijing to get third airport to reduce congestion, delays

China has green-lighted plans to build a third airport for the capital Beijing in a bid to reduce congestion and chronic delays. State media reported Wednesday the new airport will be located 46 km south of the city center and will take five years ...

Dec 15, 2014

Uber in damage control mode after Sydney siege price hike

Popular web-based taxi firm Uber went into damage control mode Monday, offering free rides to passengers fleeing an armed siege in Sydney after earlier hiking prices upwards of AUS$100 ($82). The company said it would also refund fares after initially launching “surge pricing,” which ...

Sales of macadamaias soar in South Korea after 'nut rage'

Dec 15, 2014

Sales of macadamaias soar in South Korea after 'nut rage'

South Korean online retailers say demand for macadamia nuts has skyrocketed after a Korean Air Lines executive delayed a plane over an incident now dubbed “nut rage.” Auction, a South Korean unit of eBay, said Monday that sales of macadamias surged nearly 1,200 percent ...

Tokyo Station at 100: all change

Dec 13, 2014

Tokyo Station at 100: all change

by Masami Ito

More than 500,000 people on average use Tokyo Station every day. Handling express trains to Narita International Airport, bullet trains to destinations around Honshu and myriad regional commuter lines, it is one of the busiest stations in the country based on the number of ...

California storm knocks out power, snarls flights

Dec 12, 2014

California storm knocks out power, snarls flights

A storm expected to be one of the windiest and rainiest in five years swept across the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power to tens to thousands and delaying travel by air, train and ferry. Pacific Gas & Electric is reporting ...

South Korean wealthy no longer above law

Dec 11, 2014

South Korean wealthy no longer above law

The uproar that forced a Korean Air Lines executive to resign after delaying a flight because she was unhappy with the way nuts were served points to growing intolerance of corporate bad behavior in a country dominated by family conglomerates. Public frustration has long ...

China's railway giant flexes muscles abroad

Dec 4, 2014

China's railway giant flexes muscles abroad

It will take more than the abrupt cancellation of a high-speed train deal with Mexico to derail China Railway Construction Corp.’s ambition to become a global force in transport projects and take on the likes of Siemens, Alstom and Bombardier. State-owned CRCC and its ...

Nov 29, 2014

JR Kyushu to go public in fiscal 2016

The government plans to approve the stock listing of Kyushu Railway Co., which is currently under state control, in fiscal 2016, sources close to the matter said Saturday. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry is considering giving the go-ahead to the listing now ...