Shigeki Wada

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National Mar 11, 2010

'Dr. Yellow' train keeps line safe, elates spotters

NAGOYA — A seven-car shinkansen line inspection train runs about once every 10 days between Tokyo and Hakata in Fukuoka Prefecture, and rail buffs who spot it claim it brings good luck. The train has been nicknamed "Dr. Yellow" because of its color but it ...

Truckers going 'green'

Business Aug 22, 2009

Truckers going 'green'

Driving techniques aimed at conserving fuel and curbing emissions of greenhouse gases are catching on in the trucking industry. Eco-driving, proponents say, helps lower fuel costs, improves safety, and is good for both people and the planet. Takehiro Shimazawa, a safety instructor in the Tokyo office ...

Cyber-hunters go after stolen cycles

National Nov 29, 2006

Cyber-hunters go after stolen cycles

Owners of expensive motorcycles who had their prized machines stolen -- and in many cases shipped overseas -- now have an Internet site to exchange information in an effort to find their bikes. "Your stolen bike is on sale at a shop here," was the ...

Heart attack? Defibrillator may be nearby

National Jul 7, 2006

Heart attack? Defibrillator may be nearby

Defibrillators increasingly are being found outside hospitals, used to resuscitate people who have heart attacks in public places. On the afternoon of March 16, an elderly man collapsed at Tochomae Station on the Oedo subway line in Tokyo's Shinkuku Ward. After seeing that the man had ...

World's first hybrid train ready to go

National Mar 18, 2006

World's first hybrid train ready to go

UTSUNOMIYA, Tochigi Pref. (Kyodo) East Japan Railway Co. will start running the world's first hybrid train in summer 2007. JR East developed the environmentally friendly train to use a lithium-ion battery combined with an improved diesel engine. JR East also has plans to introduce a fuel ...