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With the resignation of Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu, a major hurdle may have been removed in the construction of the maglev high-speed train, which is expected to connect Tokyo to Osaka in just over 60 minutes.
Apr 5, 2024
Maglev train is back on track after Shizuoka governor's derailing
Shizuoka's governor was blocking the construction of Japan's maglev bullet train. Now that he has resigned, the project can finally move at full speed.
Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu apologizes for his gaffe at a news conference in Shizuoka on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 3, 2024
Shizuoka governor's resignation may remove hurdle for maglev project
Heita Kawakatsu has long opposed the construction of a tunnel in the prefecture for the next-generation shinkansen, citing environmental concerns.
JR Tokai President Shunsuke Niwa speaks to reporters after meeting with transport ministry officials on Friday.
Mar 30, 2024
JR Tokai gives up on 2027 maglev target date for opening
JR Tokai gave up the 2027 goal as the Shizuoka Prefectural Government has declined to approve tunnel drilling work due to environmental concerns.
A shinkansen platform at Tokyo Station is crowded with passengers on Friday.
Dec 29, 2023
Japan sees heavy traffic for first New Year since COVID downgrade
To ease overcrowding, Central Japan Railway and West Japan Railway have made many of their shinkansen seats reservation-only.
Central Japan Railway has developed new safety inspection equipment and installed it on some of its N700S series shinkansen to increase the frequency of safety checks.
Dec 17, 2023
JR Central turns to onboard tech to boost shinkansen safety checks
JR Central has developed scaled-down observation equipment and installed it on its working N700S series shinkansen.
The maglev shinkansen line was originally scheduled for opening in 2027.
Dec 15, 2023
JR Central changes opening date of maglev shinkansen line
The line will open "no earlier than 2027" due to uncertainties over when drilling works for a tunnel in Shizuoka Prefecture can commence.
A Tokaido Shinkansen Line bullet train
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 2, 2023
Tokaido Shinkansen train halted after apparent bear spray release
At least five passengers fell ill as the bullet train was halted at JR Hamamatsu Station in Shizuoka Prefecture.
A smoking room aboard a Tokaido Shinkansen train
Oct 18, 2023
Bullet train lines to nix smoking rooms as health consciousness grows
As of next spring, the smoking rooms will be replaced with areas to store drinking water to be distributed in times of emergency.
Children hold baseball bats made with aluminum from scrapped bullet trains on Thursday in Tokyo.
Aug 17, 2023
Bats made from scrapped bullet train metal to go on sale in October
The bats are scheduled to go on sale on Railway Day and come in three designs.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2023
Shinkansen trains gearing up for driverless operations
As testing of systems progresses, the differing goals of two JR companies have become apparent, reflecting the characteristics of the routes and the level of cost-cutting targeted.
Japan Times
Jul 2, 2023
Just how green are Japan’s trains?
The nation is famed for its rail network, but despite significant steps to reduce emissions, the sector is still responsible for a substantial amount of carbon dioxide.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 2, 2023
At the World's 50 Best Restaurant awards, Central's win is a win for the world
The ultimate victory by Central represents a welcome change of flavor for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Japan Times
May 21, 2023
Japan railway firms boosting efforts for automated operations
The need to streamline operations is growing as Japan's falling population shrinks the pool of potential drivers.
Japan Times
May 18, 2023
Xi summit to deepen Central Asian ties in split-screen with G7
The summit unfolds in a split screen with G7 leaders effort in Japan this week to hammer out a unified response to Chinese 'economic coercion.”
Japan Times
May 8, 2023
Golden Week express train passengers at 94% of pre-pandemic level
All six Japan Railways Group companies saw their figures increase from the previous year, sending the total to the seventh-highest level since the start of the data in 1990.
Japan Times
Mar 30, 2023
Japan-led maglev project in U.S. faces cost and regulatory hurdles
Central Japan Railway, a leading developer of the maglev, has promoted its readiness to help build a transportation system that would connect Washington and New York in one hour.
Japan Times
Mar 14, 2023
Russia invited to play in central Asian soccer tournament
A move to Asia has been touted as a possible option to allow Russia's national teams and clubs to again participate in international competition.
Japan Times
Mar 1, 2023
Antony Blinken offers to help jittery Central Asia reduce reliance on Russia
Days after the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat met jointly with counterparts from all five Central Asian nations.
Japan Times
Feb 26, 2023
Top U.S. envoy eyes inroads in Central Asia as Ukraine rattles nerves
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold talks in Kazakhstan and then Uzbekistan and meet jointly with foreign ministers of all five ex-Soviet Central Asian states.
Japan Times
Jan 31, 2023
Putin’s war in Ukraine pushes ex-Soviet states toward new allies
Officials from ex-Soviet states in central Asia and the Caucasus say the war has prompted their governments to look for ways to reduce dependence on Moscow.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?