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 ...

Venerable Twilight Express to retire next year

May 28, 2014

Venerable Twilight Express to retire next year

It harks back to the golden age of travel as it carries premium passengers four times a week from western Japan to Hokkaido and back. But after 25 years, the aging Twilight Express sleeper train is set to retire next spring, West Japan Railway ...

Jan 22, 2014

Osaka Isetan department store to be scaled down

West Japan Railway Co. and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. plan to sharply scale down their struggling department store, JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan, and manage it together with JR’s adjacent specialty shop mall as part of a restructuring plan. Competition has been heating up among ...

Oct 11, 2013

Hokuriku line bullet trains christened

East Japan Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co. have named four bullet trains that will run on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, which will connect Tokyo and Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, via Nagano, from spring 2015. The names — Kagayaki, Hakutaka, Tsurugi and Asama — ...

Oct 7, 2013

Appeal filed over JR West ex-chiefs

Lawyers filed an appeal Monday with the Osaka High Court, seeking to reverse a verdict that found three former presidents of West Japan Railway Co. not guilty of professional negligence in connection with the 2005 Amagasaki derailment that claimed 107 lives. The three court-appointed ...

Oct 1, 2013

Acquittal of JR West presidents

The acquittal of three ex-presidents of JR West in the 2005 Amagasaki train derailment that killed 107 people does not absolve the corporate culture thought to have led to the accident.