Tag - jr-east



Firefighters near the building that was burned, near Omori Station in Tokyo on Sunday.
Feb 4, 2024
Fire near train station in Tokyo halts key transportation corridor
According to JR East, services on the Keihin Tohoku and Tokaido lines were suspended for about three hours after the fire broke out shortly past 10 a.m.
A sign noting the restart of bullet train service is posted at the shinkansen entrance of JR Sendai Station on Wednesday morning after a power outage forced a large-scale shutdown of several shinkansen lines a day earlier.
Jan 24, 2024
Bullet train services resume in eastern Japan after power outage
Sections of the Tohoku, Joetsu and Hokuriku shinkansen lines were affected after a bullet train crossed a section of track where an overhead electrical wire was hanging down.
A shinkansen platform at JR Tokyo Station on Dec. 29
Jan 11, 2024
Japan firms opt out of Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail project
The development could allow rival Chinese businesses to further solidify their footprint in infrastructure building in East Asia.
Passengers board a JR bullet train at Shin-Osaka Station on Wednesday.
Jan 6, 2024
JR passengers up 8% during year-end and New Year's holidays
The combined number of users of bullet trains and other rail services came to around 9,869,000 for the period from Dec. 28 to Thursday.
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.
Train service on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line will be partially suspended this weekend.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 15, 2023
Yamanote Line set for closures and reduced service Nov. 18 and 19
Train service on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line will be partially suspended this weekend as part of ongoing construction work at Shibuya Station.
A warning is displayed about a nationwide disruption to credit card services on a ticketing machine at Yurakucho Station in Tokyo on Saturday.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 12, 2023
Credit card transaction disruptions reported nationwide in Japan
Major credit card firm JCB said a subsidiary that handles card settlement data experienced system trouble, apparently causing the disruption.
Firefighters arrive at Sendai Station following the report of a possible chemical leak inside a train on Monday.
Oct 9, 2023
Chemical leak injures four passengers on Tohoku Shinkansen
JR East staff confirmed something like smoke was rising from one of the cars and passengers were asked to evacuate.
Japan Times
Jul 20, 2023
Kishida’s Middle East visit creates a great opportunity for Japan
Kishida visit shows Japan"s policy vis-a-vis the Middle East is shifting from the traditional energy-securing economic diplomacy to a more strategic foreign policy.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2023
Kishida tries to diversify ties with Middle East
The Middle East, which accounts for more than 90% of Japan"s total crude oil imports, is stepping up efforts to diversify its industries while working to reduce its dependence on oil.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2023
Energy diplomacy kicks into high gear as Kishida heads to Middle East
Despite the government"s ambitious goal to reach net zero by 2050, Tokyo remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels and imports 90% of its oil supplies from the Middle East.
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 12, 2023
Are they Asian values or just Chinese dreams?
Beijing is pushing for so-called Asian values in the region — but how that should work differs with each country.
Japan Times
Jul 7, 2023
Tips for better diplomatic commentary
As I grow older and wiser, here are seven lessons I have learned as a career Japanese diplomat.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2023
China's top diplomat urges Japan and South Korea to know their 'roots'
Wang Yi lashed out at Tokyo and Seoul for tilting toward Washington and called for strategic autonomy and trilateral cooperation among the Asian neighbors.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2023
Abraham Accord Arab states likely to stick with Israel despite Jenin violence
Analysts say economic and trade interests are likely to trump any moral outrage felt in the four Arab states that have signed peace pacts with Israel.
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
Jun 24, 2023
JR East fixes glitch that prompted outage of Suica mobile app and online bookings
The problem left users of the Mobile Suica app unable to use the top-up function using credit cards, while the Ekinet online train reservation service was also affected.
Japan Times
Jun 21, 2023
The post-American Middle East
The recent cease-fire between Israel and Islamic Jihad, the detente between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the de-escalation in Yemen have all been accomplished with minimal Western involvement.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 18, 2023
Iran and Saudi Arabia move further toward reconciliation
Iran and Saudi Arabia took a further step Saturday to seal their reconciliation as Riyadh"s top diplomat made a landmark visit to the Islamic Republic following a seven-year rupture.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves