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Smoke suspends shinkansen service for two hours

Sep 17, 2014

Smoke suspends shinkansen service for two hours

Bullet train service on JR East’s northbound lines was suspended for two hours on Wednesday after smoke was seen coming from beneath a platform at Tokyo Station, the railway said. East Japan Railway Co. resumed operations shortly past noon on the Tohoku, Joetsu, Nagano, ...

Japan moves to recommend Christian sites for World Heritage listing

Sep 17, 2014

Japan moves to recommend Christian sites for World Heritage listing

The country’s oldest surviving church is to be recommended for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing along with 12 other Christian sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures, under a plan formalized Wednesday by the central government. The Oura Tenshudo Catholic Church, built in Nagasaki in ...

No use fighting the tide of online journalism, experts say

Sep 17, 2014

No use fighting the tide of online journalism, experts say

by Tomoko Otake

Major news organizations in Japan have been somewhat insulated from the seismic shift taking place in online journalism around the world. Helped by their still strong, if waning, presence in print, Japan’s five national newspaper companies, each boasting millions of copies in daily circulation, ...

Monorail serving Tokyo's Haneda airport marks 50th anniversary

Sep 17, 2014

Monorail serving Tokyo's Haneda airport marks 50th anniversary

The monorail linking Haneda airport with central Tokyo marked its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, with six types of rail cars previously and currently in service featured at a commemorative event. Tokyo Monorail, which ferries travelers between the airport terminals and downtown Hamamatsucho Station, ran ...