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. ...

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 ...

Smoke suspends shinkansen service for two hours

Sep 17, 2014

Smoke suspends shinkansen service for two hours

Bullet train service on JR East’s northbound lines was suspended for two hours on Wednesday after smoke was seen coming from beneath a platform at Tokyo Station, the railway said. East Japan Railway Co. resumed operations shortly past noon on the Tohoku, Joetsu, Nagano, ...

Aug 15, 2014

Ota plugs Malaysia bullet train plan

Transport minister Akihiro Ota said Thursday that he was able to bring a better understanding of the Shinkansen bullet train technology to Malaysia for a project to connect Kuala Lumpur and Singapore with a high-speed train system. During his stay in Malaysia, Ota called ...

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 ...

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 ...

Railway agency officials face bid rigging charges

Mar 4, 2014

Railway agency officials face bid rigging charges

Prosecutors plan to build a case against senior officials of a government-backed railway construction agency over alleged bid rigging in connection with projects for the Hokuriku bullet train line, sources said Tuesday. Officials of the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency are suspected ...

Feb 4, 2014

Hokuriku rail line bid-rigging spurs raids

Investigators on Tuesday raided the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency as well as two private firms over alleged bid-rigging for snow-melting equipment on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, investigative sources said. Around 30 investigators from the Tokyo prosecutor’s office and the Fair Trade ...