Sep 20, 2014

Half century on the shinkansen

Oct. 1 will be the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Shinkansen super-express trains. Their effects on Japan's GDP and the environment have been enormous.

Smoke suspends shinkansen service for two hours

Sep 17, 2014

Smoke suspends shinkansen service for two hours

Bullet train service on JR East’s northbound lines was suspended for two hours on Wednesday after smoke was seen coming from beneath a platform at Tokyo Station, the railway said. East Japan Railway Co. resumed operations shortly past noon on the Tohoku, Joetsu, Nagano, ...

Sep 13, 2014

JR East to promote Shinkansen for Malaysia-Singapore route

East Japan Railway Co. will tout its Shinkansen system in Kuala Lumpur to help win an order for a high-speed railway project that will link Malaysia and Singapore, informed sources have disclosed. The JR East group is expected to run Shinkansen posters as early ...

Sep 5, 2014

Japanese consortium vying for California high-speed rail project

A Japanese consortium that includes East Japan Railway Co. is determined to win a high-speed rail project in California, the company’s chairman said on Thursday. The Japanese team is ready to propose the nation’s Shinkansen bullet train system, which is known for its high ...

Aug 15, 2014

Ota plugs Malaysia bullet train plan

Transport minister Akihiro Ota said Thursday that he was able to bring a better understanding of the Shinkansen bullet train technology to Malaysia for a project to connect Kuala Lumpur and Singapore with a high-speed train system. During his stay in Malaysia, Ota called ...

'Doctor Yellow' bullet train opened to public

Jul 27, 2014

'Doctor Yellow' bullet train opened to public

Four hundred rail fans had an opportunity to take a look at the inside of a rare, almost mythical, version of the bullet train nicknamed “Doctor Yellow” for the first time ever Saturday. Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) held the event at its ...

India interested in Japan's bullet train technology

Jul 3, 2014

India interested in Japan's bullet train technology

India’s railway system needs huge improvements and Indian Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher says his country is interested in adopting Japan’s bullet train technology. “The government is looking at how the better quality, the new quality of trains should be introduced” and “shinkansen is one ...

Foot baths to debut on Yamagata bullet train

Jun 30, 2014

Foot baths to debut on Yamagata bullet train

JR East unveiled on Monday a new “resort train” that will allow passengers on the Yamagata Shinkansen Line to soothe their feet. The carriage, which was shown to the media in the city of Yamagata, will make its debut July 19, allowing tourists to ...

Series W7 Hokuriku shinkansen unveiled

Jun 22, 2014

Series W7 Hokuriku shinkansen unveiled

West Japan Railway Co. has unveiled train cars that will be used on the Hokuriku Shinkansen high-speed rail line, which opens next spring. The Series W7 cars, which were shown to the media on Sunday at a rail yard in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture, have ...

Shinkansen tops list of 100 innovative postwar technologies

Jun 18, 2014

Shinkansen tops list of 100 innovative postwar technologies

The Shinkansen bullet train system has topped the list of 100 innovative projects, technologies and products that have made a significant contribution to Japan’s economic development since World War II, according to a nonprofit organization. Shinkansen, which came into service in 1964, was followed ...