India interested in Japan's bullet train technology

Jul 3, 2014

India interested in Japan's bullet train technology

India’s railway system needs huge improvements and Indian Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher says his country is interested in adopting Japan’s bullet train technology. “The government is looking at how the better quality, the new quality of trains should be introduced” and “shinkansen is one ...

Foot baths to debut on Yamagata bullet train

Jun 30, 2014

Foot baths to debut on Yamagata bullet train

JR East unveiled on Monday a new “resort train” that will allow passengers on the Yamagata Shinkansen Line to soothe their feet. The carriage, which was shown to the media in the city of Yamagata, will make its debut July 19, allowing tourists to ...

Series W7 Hokuriku shinkansen unveiled

Jun 22, 2014

Series W7 Hokuriku shinkansen unveiled

West Japan Railway Co. has unveiled train cars that will be used on the Hokuriku Shinkansen high-speed rail line, which opens next spring. The Series W7 cars, which were shown to the media on Sunday at a rail yard in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture, have ...

Shinkansen tops list of 100 innovative postwar technologies

Jun 18, 2014

Shinkansen tops list of 100 innovative postwar technologies

The Shinkansen bullet train system has topped the list of 100 innovative projects, technologies and products that have made a significant contribution to Japan’s economic development since World War II, according to a nonprofit organization. Shinkansen, which came into service in 1964, was followed ...

Collector coins to fete shinkansen

Apr 25, 2014

Collector coins to fete shinkansen

Japan will mint silver ¥1,000 commemorative coins to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the shinkansen, the Finance Ministry said Friday. “The shinkansen is an important social infrastructure supporting people’s lives and economic activities. We will commemorate the 50th anniversary of its launch on Oct. ...

JR Tokai bullet trains may run faster in 2015

Dec 20, 2013

JR Tokai bullet trains may run faster in 2015

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) plans to raise the 270 kph speed limit on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, President Yoshiomi Yamada said. The railway plans to let its new N700A bullet train run faster than 270 kph by spring 2015, but Yamada said ...

Dec 17, 2013

Hitachi angling to land deals for shinkansen systems in India

Hitachi Ltd. has set up an in-house company for marketing and procurement in a bid to win supply contracts related to shinkansen systems in India, Hitachi Executive Vice President Junzo Nakajima said in an interview. With a staff of some 10 employees, the in-house ...

Dec 3, 2013

All bets are off if Nankai Trough has the Big One

If a magnitude 8 or greater earthquake hits along the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan, it and its tsunami could claim more than 300,000 lives, trigger an eruption of Mount Fuji and turn millions of people into refugees, prefectural and local governments ...

Wartime antiaircraft shell detonation halts shinkansen services

Jun 4, 2013

Wartime antiaircraft shell detonation halts shinkansen services

An unexploded World War II antiaircraft shell that was discovered just meters from a busy railway halted high speed trains Tuesday in Tokyo before a Ground Self-Defense Force bomb disposal squad detonated the explosive. An off-limits zone was set up around the dud, which ...