Full steam ahead for Kyoto Railway Museum

May 4, 2016

Full steam ahead for Kyoto Railway Museum

It has been full steam ahead for the Kyoto Railway Museum since its grand opening last Friday, the first day of the Golden Week holidays. The 30,000-sq.-meter museum, one of the largest in Japan, boasts 53 train units, ranging from the nation’s oldest steam ...

Kumamoto farms, forestry suffered ¥23.6 billion damage in quakes

Apr 27, 2016

Kumamoto farms, forestry suffered ¥23.6 billion damage in quakes

The twin quakes that slammed Kyushu this month caused at least ¥23.6 billion of damage to agricultural and forestry businesses in Kumamoto Prefecture, the local government said Tuesday. And that is not counting damage in the worst-hit areas, which the prefectural government has yet ...

The Hokkaido Shinkansen Line at a glance

Mar 26, 2016

The Hokkaido Shinkansen Line at a glance

It’s been a long time coming and was almost derailed by budget wrangling in the 1980s, but after more than four decades of planning and construction, the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line, which runs between Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto, Hokkaido, and slices the travel time from Tokyo to ...

Manner mode: Defusing tension on the train

Mar 19, 2016

Manner mode: Defusing tension on the train

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Commuting to and from work during peak hours in Tokyo can be an utterly soul-destroying experience. With passengers jammed in like sardines in a can, the suffocating conditions on many trains can elevate stress levels and cause tempers to fray. Given the sheer number ...