JR West's superluxury sleeper train to debut in June 2017

Nov 30, 2016

JR West's superluxury sleeper train to debut in June 2017

West Japan Railway Co.’s Twilight Express Mizukaze superluxury sleeper train will go into service on June 17, with tickets ranging from ¥270,000 to ¥1.25 million, the railway operator said Tuesday. Reservations will open on Dec. 5. The train will offer four one-way overnight trips ...

Warnings issued ahead of Japan release of 'Pokemon Go'

Jul 21, 2016

Warnings issued ahead of Japan release of 'Pokemon Go'

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Excitement for the imminent Japan launch of “Pokemon Go” has reached such fever pitch that government authorities and business executives are warning prospective gamers against accidents even before its release. The National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) under the Cabinet ...

Jun 30, 2016

JR West bullet trains halted for five hours due to power outage

Shinkansen bullet train services in western Japan were suspended for more than five hours from the first train of the day due to a power outage Thursday morning, affecting around 21,400 people, operator West Japan Railway Co. said. The electrical outage occurred at around ...

Feb 25, 2016

Sanyo Shinkansen Line to get major overhaul from 2028

The aging Sanyo Shinkansen Line will undergo major renovations from 2028, the line’s operator said Wednesday. The work on bridges, tunnels and embankments will take a decade. West Japan Railway Co., known as JR West, estimates the total cost at ¥155.7 billion, part of ...

Dec 10, 2015

JR West to invest in railway businesses in Brazil

West Japan Railway Co. has announced that it will invest in railway businesses in Brazil. The company, commonly known as JR West, will acquire a 33.9 percent stake in Guarana Urban Mobility Inc., a subsidiary of Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. that invests ...

April opening set for Kyoto Railway Museum

Nov 18, 2015

April opening set for Kyoto Railway Museum

The opening date for one of the largest train museums in Japan has been set for April 29, West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) announced Wednesday. The Kyoto Railway Museum, being developed on a 30,000-sq.-meter site, will exhibit a total of 53 locomotives and ...

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 ...