Tag - bullet-train



Japan Times
Mar 25, 2023
JR Tokai eyeing automated shinkansen operations around 2028
JR Tokai plans to introduce the automated operation system for its Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train services around 2028, President Shin Kaneko said.
Japan Times
Aug 25, 2022
‘Bullet Train’ proves that Hollywood hasn’t lost its knack for topsy-turvy visions of Japan
David Leitch's hyper-violent comedy may be the least authentic screen depiction of the country since “Austin Powers,” but it's hardly the first Western movie to take such liberties.
Japan Times
Aug 14, 2022
'Bullet Train' star Hiroyuki Sanada lays down his sword for Shohei Ohtani and 10,000 steps
The Japanese actor tells why sunsets, fishing and the perfect meal of oysters and wine keep him contented.
Japan Times
May 8, 2022
Kotaro Isaka's killer instinct for a rollicking good time
The 'Three Assassins' author skillfully plays with the thriller genre, mixing literary fiction with high-octane fun.
Japan Times
Jan 22, 2020
'Polish Posters for Films': Expression born from suppression
At times outlandish, other times artistically stunning, Polish film posters proved that postwar communism couldn't crush creativity.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 5, 2019
Shinkansen operator JR Central eyes own cleaning 'miracle' as it competes with rival
In a move to better compete with a rival train operator's famous "7-minute miracle" for cleaning a shinkansen between its arrival and departure, Central Japan Railway Co. will shave off two minutes from its own bullet train cleaning work, beginning next spring.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 15, 2019
Hitachi high-speed train unveiled in Britain before launch of London to Leeds service
Hitachi Ltd.'s new high-speed train called Azuma was unveiled in London on Tuesday, a day prior to beginning intercity passenger services.
Japan Times
Sep 29, 2018
Media appear to be ignoring maglev woes
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 suing the government to halt it because of the damage it will allegedly cause to the environment and the lives of people who live along the route. The first trial was covered by the mainstream media. The second was virtually ignored by them.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 12, 2017
Australian woman arrested attempting to board shinkansen with forged Japan Rail Pass
Tokyo police have arrested an Australian woman for allegedly attempting to board a shinkansen with a fake rail pass.
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.
Japan Times
Oct 27, 2016
Kyoto lobbies to be destination on Hokuriku Shinkansen Line
Kyoto officials pressed their case this week for routing the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line via Maizuru on the Sea of Japan Coast, a decision that would take the train through Kyoto as well as all Fukui Prefecture towns that host nuclear power plants.
Japan Times
May 8, 2016
Tohoku bullet train delayed five hours after hitting person on tracks
A bullet train carrying 430 passengers stops for five hours in Iwate Prefecture after it hits an apparently suicidal person.
May 7, 2016
Tall tale
Dad, I can see the shinkansen. Can you see it?
BUSINESS / Companies
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.
Japan Times
Feb 19, 2016
Hopes high for Hokkaido bullet train
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.
Japan Times
Jan 14, 2016
JR East shinkansen decorated in dazzling livery
East Japan Railway Co. has unveiled a shinkansen decorated with sparkling images of fireworks. The eye-catching train will serve on a stretch of line that ends in Niigata.
Japan Times
Dec 12, 2015
Laser aimed at shinkansen driver in western Japan
A laser beam was apparently aimed at the driver of a waiting shinkansen bullet train in late November in western Japan, an official of West Japan Railway Co. said Saturday, following similar incidents targeting flying aircraft in Okinawa and elsewhere.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 10, 2015
India clears Japan's bid for first bullet train ahead of Abe trip
India's Cabinet has cleared a $14.7 billion Japanese proposal to build its first bullet train line, an Indian government minister and official said on Thursday, one of India's biggest foreign investments in its infrastructure sector.


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores