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A shinkansen platform at JR Tokyo Station on Dec. 29
JAPAN
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.
BUSINESS
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.
Emergency personnel tend to an injured passenger on a Yamanote Line platform at JR Akihabara Station in Tokyo on Wednesday night.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 4, 2024
Woman held after allegedly slashing passengers on Tokyo train
Police said she was apparently unknown to those she attacked.
A shinkansen platform at Tokyo Station is crowded with passengers on Friday.
JAPAN
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.
JAPAN
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.
JAPAN
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 China Coast Guard vessel uses a water cannon against a Philippine supply boat as it carries out a mission to deliver provisions to the Second Thomas Shoal in the disputed South China Sea on Sunday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Dec 11, 2023
Manila summons Chinese envoy after tense weekend in South China Sea
The moves came after the Philippines said one of its vessels was rammed and others "directly targeted” by a China Coast Guard ship with a water cannon.
Chinese vessels gather near Whitsun Reef in disputed waters of the South China Sea on Saturday. The Philippines said Sunday that more than 135 Chinese "maritime militia" vessels were "swarming" the reef.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Dec 3, 2023
Philippines says Chinese boats 'swarming' reef in South China Sea
Manila said that more than 135 Chinese “maritime militia” ships were “swarming” a reef that it claims sovereignty over in the disputed waterway.
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.
Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. speaks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO summit in San Francisco on Wednesday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Nov 20, 2023
Beyond security: U.S. pulls Manila closer via economic cooperation
Despite mounting tensions in the South China Sea, Marcos said a “major step” in enhancing bilateral relations was a landmark nuclear deal with the U.S.
Tunnel construction for the Hokkaido Shinkansen has proved slow in some areas due to geological reasons and the difficulty of blasting through the earth.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Hokkaido
Nov 20, 2023
Tight labor market puts Hokkaido Shinkansen 2030 goal in doubt
The 212-kilometer route now under construction will link cities between Hakodate, at the southern tip of the prefecture, and Sapporo.
Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. arrives for the leaders and spouses dinner during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco on Thursday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Nov 18, 2023
Philippines' Marcos meets China's Xi amid South China Sea tensions
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, seeking ways to come up with mechanisms to lower tensions.
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.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida waves with Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim during his official visit to Malaysia, in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Nov 5, 2023
Japan turns to Southeast Asia to boost security network
The leader sought to strengthen Japan's security and defense ties with Malaysia and the Philippines, amid growing concerns over Chinese assertiveness.
Kyushu Railway unveils inspection train Big Eye to the media in Kitakyushu last month.
JAPAN
Nov 5, 2023
New eye-catching railway inspection train to debut in Japan
The railway operator will hold test runs of Big Eye starting this month through next March in southwestern Japan.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the first Japanese leader to address a special joint session of the Philippine Congress, waves beside Philippines' Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and Philippines' House Speaker Martin Romualdez at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Philippines, on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Nov 4, 2023
Japan and Philippines agree to take defense ties to next level
Tokyo and Manila launched talks on a visiting forces agreement, while the Philippines became the first recipient of Japan's new military aid program.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. review an honor guard during a welcome ceremony in Manila on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 3, 2023
Japan and Philippines to start talks on reciprocal troops pact
Japan will pledge to provide defense equipment to the Philippine military under a new aid framework.
JR Kyushu is investigating four foreign YouTubers who seemingly took free rides on trains around the country.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 24, 2023
Railway operator investigates free-riding foreign YouTubers
A YouTuber known as Fidias posted a video of the four riding trains around Japan, apparently without paying for tickets.
A smoking room aboard a Tokaido Shinkansen train
JAPAN
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.

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