Harajuku Station replaced by gleaming glass box for Tokyo Games

Business Mar 21, 2020

Harajuku Station replaced by gleaming glass box for Tokyo Games

The new version of Harajuku Station opened on Tokyo's busy Yamanote loop line Saturday as visitors in masks gathered to gawk despite the coronavirus pandemic. The new building, situated just south of the original wooden one, is a two-story structure straddling the tracks with exits ...

Tokyo train station eatery gives soba-cooking robot a try

Business Mar 17, 2020

Tokyo train station eatery gives soba-cooking robot a try

A robot that cooks soba noodles is serving hungry commuters at a train station in western Tokyo in yet another example of Japan's shift to automation as labor remains in short supply. The robot was introduced Monday on a trial basis at Higashikoganei Station on ...

Media get peek at Tokyo's new high-tech Takanawa Gateway Station

Business Mar 9, 2020

Media get peek at Tokyo's new high-tech Takanawa Gateway Station

The Yamanote Line's first new station since 1971 was unveiled to the media on Monday, with East Japan Railway Co. showcasing robots and other "futuristic" features to help people find their way around. Takanawa Gateway Station, situated in Minato Ward's Konan district between Shinagawa and ...

Japan Railways glitch halts credit card ticket purchases nationwide

National Feb 10, 2020

Japan Railways glitch halts credit card ticket purchases nationwide

Railway firms including East Japan Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co. experienced a technical glitch with their ticketing system Monday morning for nearly five hours that prevented credit card purchases, their ticketing system management company said. Cash purchases and Central Japan Railway Co.'s "Smart ...

National Feb 4, 2020

Maebashi Station gives students tickets to school of their dreams

With many students busy with last-minute efforts to pass entrance exams, Maebashi Station of East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, is attracting attention for distributing replica tickets bound for a person's first-choice school. The idea of making such tickets to show support for students ...