Sep 30, 2015

Japan loses Indonesian high-speed railway contract to China

Japan has lost to China in bidding to build Indonesia’s first high-speed railway. It is seen as a heavy blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goal of pursuing economic growth through infrastructure projects overseas. Sofyan Djalil, head of the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency, ...

JR West to ban use of 'annoying' selfie sticks

Sep 17, 2015

JR West to ban use of 'annoying' selfie sticks

West Japan Railway Co. said Thursday that it will ban the use of selfie sticks on all train platforms and service areas, including for bullet trains. The ban on the popular monopod, used to take self or group photographs via smartphone, will take effect ...

Aug 28, 2015

March 26 eyed for launch of Hokkaido Shinkansen Line

Railway operators envision starting service on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line linking the northern main island with Honshu on March 26, 2016, according to sources familiar with the matter. Hokkaido Railway Co. and East Japan Railway Co. are making arrangements for 13 round trips per ...

Aug 12, 2015

Bon summer holiday exodus peaks across Japan

The annual rush of travelers during Japan’s Bon summer holidays peaked Wednesday, with roads, railway stations and airports packed with people headed for their hometowns and abroad. According to Japan Railway group companies, reserved seats on the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet trains connecting Tokyo and ...

As Japan's transportation has evolved, so have accident investigations

Jul 24, 2015

As Japan's transportation has evolved, so have accident investigations

Japan’s public transportation has seen dramatic postwar advances ranging from jetliners to bullet trains — and also dramatic accidents in connection with the use of such technology. Every major disaster has been followed by intense probes into its cause and the development of countermeasures ...

Jul 13, 2015

Caller threatens to blow up bullet train

Tokyo Station received a phone call Sunday afternoon from a man claiming to have planted a bomb on a bullet train, authorities said Monday. The man claimed he would detonate the bomb by Monday. No explosives were found and the incident did not affect ...