Aug 28, 2015

March 26 eyed for launch of Hokkaido Shinkansen Line

Railway operators envision starting service on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line linking the northern main island with Honshu on March 26, 2016, according to sources familiar with the matter. Hokkaido Railway Co. and East Japan Railway Co. are making arrangements for 13 round trips per ...

Aug 28, 2015

Abe sends envoy to Jakarta in high-speed rail bid

Shinzo Abe has sent an envoy to Indonesia to offer a sweeter deal to build a high-speed railway, a Japanese Embassy official said on Thursday, highlighting the importance of the multibillion dollar project that China also wants to win. The two Asian giants are ...

Maglev train clocks 603 kph, setting new world record

Apr 21, 2015

Maglev train clocks 603 kph, setting new world record

Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train set a world speed record Tuesday during a test run near Mount Fuji, clocking more than 600 kph. The seven-car maglev — short for magnetic levitation — train, hit a top speed of 603 kph, and managed nearly 11 seconds ...

Jan 28, 2015

JR Kyushu on track for stock listing in fiscal 2016

The transport ministry said Tuesday it will list Kyushu Railway Co. on the stock market in fiscal 2016 as the company becomes Japan’s fourth national rail operator to go private. JR Kyushu is currently owned by the government. It is one of the seven ...

Nov 7, 2014

Mitsui announces Brazil rail joint venture

Mitsui & Co. announced Friday a joint venture with Brazil’s Odebrecht TransPort S.A. which will focus on railway investments there. Mitsui will invest 500 million Brazilian real (¥22.5 billion) by the end of the year to take a 40 percent stake in the venture, ...

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 ...

Abandoned railway reborn as theme park

Jun 2, 2014

Abandoned railway reborn as theme park

A theme park based on a restored railway at an abandoned mine opened Sunday in the town of Kosaka, Akita Prefecture. The Kosaka Railroad Railpark features locomotives and other rolling stock, but its real draw is the chance to ride trolleys and pedal-driven rail ...