May 28, 2015

Japan to cooperate on Bangkok-Chiang Mai high-speed rail link

Transport minister Akihiro Ota and his visiting Thai counterpart, Prajin Juntong, signed on Wednesday a memorandum on the two nations’ cooperation on a planned high-speed rail link between Bangkok and the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. Based on the memorandum, the Japanese and ...

Bullet train black gold awaits Ethiopian roasters

Feb 3, 2015

Bullet train black gold awaits Ethiopian roasters

by James Jeffrey

On a typically sunny January day in southwestern Ethiopia, smallholder coffee farmers gather beneath red, blue and orange canvases, propped up by wooden stakes, to watch and participate in a coffee-tasting competition with demanding Japanese standards. Naomi Nakahira, a coffee adviser with Ueshima Coffee ...

Jan 6, 2015

Kansai-area businesses want maglev to reach Osaka sooner

A leading Kansai business lobby will soon unveil a proposed reworking of the upcoming magnetically levitated railway, leader Shosuke Mori said in a recent interview. The current maglev plan takes a two-stage approach. The section between Tokyo and Nagoya is expected to open in ...

Top speed of Nozomi bullet trains to hit 285 kph

Dec 20, 2014

Top speed of Nozomi bullet trains to hit 285 kph

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said Friday it will raise the maximum speed of the Nozomi bullet train service to 285 kph between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations next year thanks to advances in braking technology. JR Tokai, which operates the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, ...

Dec 14, 2014

Blackout leaves bullet train riders in the cold in Niigata

Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. East Japan Railway Co. ...

Dec 8, 2014

Test runs start on new section of Hokuriku Shinkansen Line

Test runs started Monday for trains to be used on a new section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line that will reach Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, according to East Japan Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co. JR East and JR West will continue testing the ...