May 20, 2016

Residents near planned maglev line sue central government

Residents in areas near the planned route for a high-speed magnetically levitated train and other people sued the government on Friday, demanding that its approval of the Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) project be withdrawn. Some 730 people — 680 residents in Tokyo ...

May 9, 2016

Bad track strands 99,000 on Ginza Line during rush hour

A broken rail delayed subway trains on the Tokyo Metropolitan Ginza Line for 4 hours and 40 minutes Monday, stranding some 99,000 commuters. The broken rail was discovered near Shibuya Station at around 8 a.m., canceling subway runs between Shibuya and Tameike-Sanno stations. One ...

Apr 7, 2016

Toshiba to build railway parts factory in India

Toshiba Corp. will build a factory in India to make parts for trains following plans by General Electric Co. and Alstom SA to set up manufacturing facilities in the country after winning deals to build locomotives. The Japanese company will make train control and ...

Manner mode: Defusing tension on the train

Mar 19, 2016

Manner mode: Defusing tension on the train


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 ...