May 10, 2017

JR East to set up prayer room at Tokyo Station

East Japan Railway Co. will install a prayer room at Tokyo Station in response to an increase in Muslim visitors to Japan, mainly from Southeast Asian nations. The prayer room, with a floor space of about 8 sq. meters, will be launched on June ...

JR Hokkaido faces challenges on unique shinkansen line

Apr 10, 2017

JR Hokkaido faces challenges on unique shinkansen line

Hokkaido Railway Co. continues to face a host of challenges to ensure the safety of its Hokkaido Shinkansen Line a year after the bullet train line went into service. The 149-km-long high-speed train line connects Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in the city of Hokuto in Hokkaido ...

Subliminal ads fast-tracked for maglev trains in Japan

/ Apr 1, 2017

Subliminal ads fast-tracked for maglev trains in Japan

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A team of researchers at Shizuoka University is hitching a ride on Japan’s bullet train technology, aiming to transmit targeted advertising at high speeds. Using a groundbreaking technique called high-speed suggestive particle mapping (HS-SPAM), the system relies on embedded arrays of microscopic LEDs that ...

Hokkaido Shinkansen Line marks first year of service

Mar 27, 2017

Hokkaido Shinkansen Line marks first year of service

The Hokkaido Shinkansen Line, which connects Honshu and Hokkaido by high-speed train, on Sunday marked its first year of service. Commemorative events were held at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokuto, near Hakodate, and Shin-Aomori Station in Aomori Prefecture. At Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station, a ceremony welcomed the ...

Double-decker bullet trains soon to be phased out

Mar 25, 2017

Double-decker bullet trains soon to be phased out

The last double-decker bullet trains on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line connecting Tokyo and Niigata will be withdrawn from service in a few years, a railway source said Saturday. East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) plans to replace the E4 series, the last remaining two-deck ...

Nozomi shinkansen marks 25 years as vital transport artery

Mar 14, 2017

Nozomi shinkansen marks 25 years as vital transport artery

The Nozomi bullet train service, a crucial transport artery connecting major cities — making more than 200 trips every day between Tokyo to Osaka alone — marked its 25th anniversary Tuesday. Nozomi trains from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka arrive every few minutes at major stations ...