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 ...

JR East shinkansen decorated in dazzling livery

National 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. The Genbi Shinkansen was unveiled at JR Omiya Station in Saitama on Tuesday. Its exterior features images ...

Laser aimed at shinkansen driver in western Japan

National 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. A Kodama train halted at ...

Hokkaido Shinkansen Line will run from March 26, operators confirm

Business Sep 17, 2015

Hokkaido Shinkansen Line will run from March 26, operators confirm

A long-awaited bullet train service that will link Hokkaido with Tokyo will open on March 26, railway operators have confirmed. Hokkaido Railway Co. and East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) will provide 13 round-trip runs per day on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line. "This is an unprecedented ...

Business Jan 6, 2015

California to begin work on first bullet train in U.S.

California's high-speed rail project was set to reach a milestone with officials breaking ground on the first bullet train in the U.S. on Tuesday. The ceremony in Fresno comes amid challenges from Central Valley farmers and communities in the train's path who have sued to ...

Top speed of Nozomi bullet trains to hit 285 kph

Business / Corporate Dec 20, 2014

Top speed of Nozomi bullet trains to hit 285 kph

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said Friday it will raise the maximum speed of the Nozomi bullet train service to 285 kph between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations next year thanks to advances in braking technology. JR Tokai, which operates the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, usually ...

Hokkaido bullet train cars tested ahead of 2016 debut

National Dec 1, 2014

Hokkaido bullet train cars tested ahead of 2016 debut

Shinkansen carriages that will be used on a new route in Hokkaido are being put through their paces on the route's newly laid tracks. Trial runs of the 10-car H5 series train began Monday ahead of the spring 2016 launch of the Hokkaido bullet train, ...