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Firefighters arrive at Sendai Station following the report of a possible chemical leak inside a train on Monday.
JAPAN
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.
A Hokkaido Shinkansen line bullet train travels through Hokuto, Hokkaido, in September.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 7, 2023
Japan to postpone plan to extend Hokkaido Shinkansen line by 2031
A new deadline has yet to be set, but the 212-kilometer extension also faces a labor shortage in the construction sector that is expected to worsen.
Philippine Coast Guard personnel retrieve the body of a crew member of a Filipino fishing boat on Wednesday. Three fishermen are dead after their boat was "rammed" by a foreign commercial vessel in the South China Sea, the Philippine Coast Guard said on October 4.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 4, 2023
Three Filipino fishermen dead after boat 'rammed' in South China Sea
Manila said the vessel that collided with the boat in the flash point waterway was an oil tanker registered under the flag of the Marshall Islands.
Passengers line up to board a bullet train at Tokyo Station in August.
JAPAN
Oct 4, 2023
Shinkansen rail pass prices soar 70% for tourists
Even with the big increase, demand is likely to stay strong thanks to a cheaper yen and steady flow of inbound visitors.
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. leaves a meeting in Jakarta on Sept. 7.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Sep 28, 2023
Marcos' challenge of China pressures U.S.
There are questions about how far Manila is willing to go and whether the U.S. would really have its back if the situation escalates.
White Sox center fielder Luis Robert Jr. was the closest to overtaking Shohei Ohtani for the American League home run title before suffering an injury on Sunday.
BASEBALL / MLB
Sep 27, 2023
Shohei Ohtani nears first home run title after Luis Robert Jr. injury
The Cuban hurt his knee while trying to steal second base and was replaced against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
Passengers wait to board a shinkansen at Kyoto Station.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 14, 2023
Nozomi shinkansen to halt nonreserved seats during peak periods
The restriction will apply between Dec. 28 this year and Jan. 4 as well as the Golden Week and Bon holiday periods.
Japan railways are rapidly approaching a future of unmanned stations from one side of the country to the other.
LIFE / Travel
Sep 3, 2023
Trouble sometimes pulls into Japan’s unmanned train stations
Nearly 60% of the 4,368 stations operated by the six Japan Railways Group passenger companies now run without staff.
Staff put up posters about the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line at JR Fukui Station on Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 31, 2023
Hokuriku Shinkansen to link Kanazawa with Tsuruga from next March
The fastest travel time between Tokyo and Fukui will be two hours and 51 minutes — down 36 minutes from the time required on the current shortest route.
Children hold baseball bats made with aluminum from scrapped bullet trains on Thursday in Tokyo.
BASEBALL
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.
Onboard snack carts on shinkansen services between Tokyo and Osaka will end on Oct. 31, Central Japan Railway has said.
BUSINESS
Aug 8, 2023
End of the line for snack carts on Tokyo-Osaka shinkansen
End of popular service comes amid a looming labor shortage and the trend of more people buying food before boarding.
A JR train hit a power pole on Saturday night that had fallen onto the tracks between Fujisawa and Ofuna stations in Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo.
JAPAN
Aug 6, 2023
Services resume after over 1,000 trapped in train near Tokyo
The accident occurred between Fujisawa and Ofuna stations in Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo and affected around 150,000 people.

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