All aboard: the art of sampling Japan's railways

Music May 28, 2019

All aboard: the art of sampling Japan's railways

by Russell Thomas

In the rest of the world, trainspotting is something of a niche hobby, but in Japan it is much more mainstream. Combine a natural predilection for hobbies with a massive proliferation of railways and you naturally get train enthusiasts. It's easy to see why. Japan ...

Japan cranks up pitch for shinkansen in Singapore

Business Jul 22, 2016

Japan cranks up pitch for shinkansen in Singapore

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Laser aimed at shinkansen driver in western Japan

National Dec 12, 2015

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Business Dec 10, 2015

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