Two die, train derails  as blizzards continue

Dec 18, 2014

Two die, train derails as blizzards continue

At least two people have died in snow-related incidents since heavy snowfall and blizzards brought harsh conditions to central and northern Japan. A 68-year-old man was found dead in snow near his home in Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture, on Wednesday night. Police believe he fell ...

Nov 20, 2014

Man charged over New York subway death

A 34-year-old man has been arrested and charged with second degree murder for allegedly pushing a man to his death under a New York subway train, police said Wednesday. The incident took place in the Bronx, where the victim, Wai Kuen Kwok, was waiting ...

Oct 27, 2014

Groper causes massive delay during Tokyo rush hour

Tokyo morning rush-hour trains were delayed Monday for up to 19 minutes due to a groper who assaulted a high school student but when identified dodged passengers and staff and escaped across the tracks. The shutdown affected 58,000 passengers on 36 trains, including some ...

Hitachi wins deal to supply train cars to Dutch company Abellio

Oct 10, 2014

Hitachi wins deal to supply train cars to Dutch company Abellio

Hitachi Ltd. said Thursday it was selected to deliver 234 train cars to Dutch railway operator Abellio for an undisclosed sum, with delivery expected by 2017. The Japanese supplier has been chosen as the Dutch company’s preferred bidder for the contract, which also includes ...

Sep 11, 2014

JR Hokkaido cancels express train project in favor of safety push

Scandal-tainted Hokkaido Railway Co. has decided to cancel work on a high-speed diesel express train and focus instead on improving safety and launching a shinkansen service in spring 2016. The railway says it wants to regain public trust after scandals exposed its shoddy track ...

Aug 25, 2014

Shinkansen section halted by power outage

A power failure on Sunday night briefly suspended Tokaido Shinkansen Line trains between Mishima Station and Shizuoka Station in Shizuoka Prefecture. The power went out at 9:05 p.m. The trains resumed operations after about 25 minutes once the situation was confirmed safe. According to ...

Yamanote Line trains to get revamp next year

Jul 3, 2014

Yamanote Line trains to get revamp next year

by Mami Maruko

East Japan Railway Co. is developing a new commuter train design that it wants to get rolling on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line by fall 2015. JR East President Tetsuro Tomita said at a news conference Wednesday the new train will be “a next-generation model for ...