Nagoya's big names, trains and automobiles

Mar 12, 2016

Nagoya's big names, trains and automobiles

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Mount Fuji whizzes by as I drive the Tokaido N700 series shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya. “Don’t let the speed go above 270 kilometers per hour,” warns Kaori Takagi. I heed the warning, though Takagi is not a shinkansen driver instructor. We are, in ...

Feb 25, 2016

Sanyo Shinkansen Line to get major overhaul from 2028

The aging Sanyo Shinkansen Line will undergo major renovations from 2028, the line’s operator said Wednesday. The work on bridges, tunnels and embankments will take a decade. West Japan Railway Co., known as JR West, estimates the total cost at ¥155.7 billion, part of ...

Hopes high for Hokkaido bullet train

Feb 19, 2016

Hopes high for Hokkaido bullet train

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The port city of Hakodate and surrounding areas in southern Hokkaido are abuzz ahead of next month’s start of a shinkansen line that is expected to drastically cut transportation time and give a boost to local industries and other areas in Japan. Although the ...

JR East shinkansen decorated in dazzling livery

Jan 14, 2016

JR East shinkansen decorated in dazzling livery

East Japan Railway Co. has unveiled a shinkansen decorated with sparkling images of fireworks. The eye-catching train will serve on a stretch of line that ends in Niigata. The Genbi Shinkansen was unveiled at JR Omiya Station in Saitama on Tuesday. Its exterior features ...

JR Tokai may set up U.S. subsidiary for Texas shinkansen project

Jan 7, 2016

JR Tokai may set up U.S. subsidiary for Texas shinkansen project

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), will probably create a U.S. subsidiary as it sets about bringing the shinkansen to Texas, Koei Tsuge, the company’s president, has said. The planned new unit will provide technological assistance to Texas Central Partners LLC (TCP), which is ...

Laser aimed at shinkansen driver in western Japan

Dec 12, 2015

Laser aimed at shinkansen driver in western Japan

A laser beam was apparently aimed at the driver of a waiting shinkansen bullet train in late November in western Japan, an official of West Japan Railway Co. said Saturday, following similar incidents targeting flying aircraft in Okinawa and elsewhere. A Kodama train halted ...

Abe off to India for talks with Modi on nuclear technology pact

Dec 11, 2015

Abe off to India for talks with Modi on nuclear technology pact

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Friday for a three-day visit to India, where he will meet with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, to discuss a proposed bilateral nuclear cooperation treaty. Speaking to reporters at his office before departure from Tokyo International Airport at Haneda, ...