Grenade replicas prompt evacuation of Saitama train station

May 26, 2017

Grenade replicas prompt evacuation of Saitama train station

Grenade-like objects found near a train station in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, on Thursday morning forced the evacuation of about 200 people before being declared harmless by the Self-Defense Forces. At around 7:25 a.m., police received an emergency call from an East Japan Railway Co. ...

Apr 25, 2017

Victims of JR West derailment remembered 12 years after tragedy

The families of the 107 people killed in a 2005 train derailment in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, observed the 12th anniversary of the disaster on Tuesday and mourned the victims of the accident apparently caused by inadequate safety measures. West Japan Railway Co., also known ...

Apr 4, 2017

St. Petersburg metro blast suspect likely born in central Asia

A blast in a St. Petersburg train carriage on Monday that killed 14 people and wounded 50 was probably carried out by a Russian citizen born in Kyrgyzstan, authorities from the predominantly Muslim central Asian state said. Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported on ...

Apr 4, 2017

Privatization of JNR, 30 years on

If the profitable operations of JR East, West, Tokai and Kyushu represent the benefits of the JNR privatization and breakup, the tough prospects of JR Hokkaido highlight the problems facing railway operations in rural areas.

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 ...

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The last double-decker bullet trains on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line connecting Tokyo and Niigata will be withdrawn from service in a few years, a railway source said Saturday.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 ...

Glitch strands luxury sleeper train during Nikko test run

Mar 21, 2017

Glitch strands luxury sleeper train during Nikko test run

Engine trouble stranded a luxury, all-suite sleeper train during a test run on the JR Nikko Line for four hours, affecting nearly 2,000 passengers on other trains, JR East said. The 10-car Train Suit Shiki-Shima was on a test run Monday when an engine ...

Heavy snow cuts power, disrupts transport along Sea of Japan coast

Feb 10, 2017

Heavy snow cuts power, disrupts transport along Sea of Japan coast

Heavy snow plastered much of the Sea of Japan coast on Friday as a cold wave hit the archipelago, disrupting transportation and causing power outages. The Meteorological Agency warned the snowfall could continue through Sunday and spread to the Pacific coast. In Kurayoshi, Tottori ...