Media appear to be ignoring maglev woes

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Sep 29, 2018

Media appear to be ignoring maglev woes

by Philip Brasor

Earlier this month, two different Tokyo District Court sessions associated with the maglev bullet train line now under construction were convened. In one, major contractor Obayashi Corp. was prosecuted for rigging bids for work on the project. In the other, a citizens' network was ...

After shinkansen stabbing, Japan bans unpacked knives on trains

National Jul 21, 2018

After shinkansen stabbing, Japan bans unpacked knives on trains

Passengers will be prohibited from carrying unpacked knives on trains as part of new security measures sparked by last month's attack in a bullet train, the transport ministry said. The measures, announced Friday, allow station staff and conductors to forcibly evict passengers found carrying knives ...

Media get peek at Hello Kitty bullet train ahead of debut

Business Jun 26, 2018

Media get peek at Hello Kitty bullet train ahead of debut

West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) showed a Hello Kitty-themed bullet train to the media Monday before its debut later this week. The white eight-car train, which is decorated with drawings of pink ribbons to mimic the look of the popular character created by Sanrio ...

Editorials Dec 29, 2016

Hokuriku Shinkansen extension

The ruling coalition's route choice for extending the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line doesn't appear to be the best option from a cost-benefit perspective.

Business / Corporate Feb 25, 2016

Sanyo Shinkansen Line to get major overhaul from 2028

The aging Sanyo Shinkansen Line will undergo major renovations from 2028, the line's operator said Wednesday. The work on bridges, tunnels and embankments will take a decade. West Japan Railway Co., known as JR West, estimates the total cost at ¥155.7 billion, part of which ...

Hopes high for Hokkaido bullet train

National Feb 19, 2016

Hopes high for Hokkaido bullet train

by Takaki Tominaga

The port city of Hakodate and surrounding areas in southern Hokkaido are abuzz ahead of next month's start of a shinkansen line that is expected to drastically cut transportation time and give a boost to local industries and other areas in Japan. Although the overall ...