India to get shinkansen sales blitz


The government plans to wage a marketing drive to sell shinkansen technology to India.

Officials from the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry and engineers from East Japan Railway Co. and Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) plan to visit India early this month for talks with Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi and other officials to promote bullet-train technology, government and diplomatic sources said.

The government is also planning a seminar in January for Indian government officials to underline the safety record and reliability of shinkansen technology.

The Indian government has drawn up a blueprint to build a high-speed rail system to cope with expanding demand for intercity travel amid a fast-growing economy.

In New Delhi, Gautam Bambawale, the Indian Foreign Ministry official in charge of East Asian affairs, told a group of Japanese journalists Monday that bullet-train technology is expected to be on the agenda during Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s visit to India before the end of the year.

The Indian Ministry of Railways has unveiled plans to build six high-speed lines to link major industrial and population centers.