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 ...

Nov 17, 2014

Lee of Singapore hails Abe's 'proactive contribution to peace'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his Singapore counterpart Monday that Japan will play an assertive role in promoting regional stability and “proactively contribute to peace,” a Foreign Ministry official said. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said his administration supports Abe’s eagerness to contribute ...

Looking back to 1964 as Japan envisions 2020

Oct 30, 2014

Looking back to 1964 as Japan envisions 2020

by John L. Tran

“In Yedo, nothing is so common as to hear the citizens lament the times that have only just come to an end.” So ran one editorial of “The Far East,” an English-language periodical published in Japan in the 1870s. A contemporary echo of this ...

Oct 22, 2014

Maglev line gets a green light

There are many questions about the future of the maglev line to be constructed between Tokyo and Osaka that now must be answered as the government has given the go-ahead for the project.

Oct 4, 2014

Hokuriku shinkansen fares set to undercut flights to Ishikawa

One-way reserved seats from Tokyo to Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, will cost less than comparable flights to Komatsu when the new Hokuriku Shinkansen Line opens, it has been learned. According to East Japan Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co., which are building the new ...

Shinkansen marks 50 years of service

Oct 1, 2014

Shinkansen marks 50 years of service

The bullet train, an iconic symbol of Japan’s postwar economic boom, marked 50 years of service on Wednesday with a celebratory ceremony at Tokyo Station. A state-of-the-art N700A bullet train left the station bound for Fukuoka at 6 a.m., witnessed by officials of Central ...