Tag - railway



Jun 5, 2015
Maryland governor takes test ride on maglev train in Japan
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan took a ride Thursday on a magnetically levitated train test line in central Japan in a show of the U.S. state's strong interest in the Japanese technology for a planned high-speed train link in the Northeastern United States.
Japan Times
May 30, 2015
Tsunami-hit Senseki Line recovers in Miyagi
A train line in Miyagi Prefecture resumes full services more than four years after being washed away by the 2011 tsunami that devastated much of Tohoku's coastline.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
May 28, 2015
Resurgent Hitachi goes global after painful reforms
In February, Hitachi Ltd., the nation's largest maker of electric equipment and infrastructure systems, splurged on one of its priciest acquisitions. The target was the railway vehicle and signal businesses of Italy's Finmeccanica S.p.A., a deal estimated at over ¥250 billion.
Japan Times
May 6, 2015
Returning travelers flood planes, trains on Golden Week finale
Airports, trains and expressways in Japan continued to be packed on Wednesday as travelers returned from their spring getaways on the last day of the Golden Week holiday period.
Japan Times
Apr 25, 2015
Decade after Amagasaki, crash victims can't let go
Survivors and kin of the 107 people killed by the Amagasaki train derailment in Hyogo Prefecture mark the 10th anniversary of the crash.
Japan Times
Apr 22, 2015
Maglev's economics as dizzying as its speed
Japan's faded economic prowess received a boost after a maglev magnetically levitated train operated by Central Japan Railway Co. on Tuesday clocked a new world speed record of 603 kph on a test run in Yamanashi Prefecture.
Apr 16, 2015
Japan's maglev train sets world speed record at 590 kph
A magnetic levitation train run by Central Japan Railway Co. set a world speed record of 590 kph on Thursday during a manned test run on an experimental track, the railway company said.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 28, 2015
High court upholds acquittals of ex-JR West chiefs over '05 Amagasaki derailment
The Osaka High Court has upheld a ruling that found three former heads of West Japan Railway Co. not guilty over the horrific Amagasaki train derailment in 2005, in which 106 passengers and the driver were killed and over 560 injured.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 12, 2015
Hitachi scores first EU commuter train deal as express arrivals begin
Hitachi Ltd. announced its first contract in the European commuter-train market on the day that it commenced deliveries from an earlier $8.8 billion breakthrough order for its Intercity Express model.
Feb 10, 2015
Tokyo Station to get a sister station in Taiwan
Tokyo Station will become this week a sister station of Hsinchu Station in northwestern Taiwan.
Dec 30, 2014
JR Hokkaido admits express train ran for month with automatic stop system deactivated
Hokkaido Railway Co. has admitted to another safety oversight regarding the automatic train stop system on one of its express trains.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 20, 2014
Top speed of Nozomi bullet trains to hit 285 kph
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said Friday it will raise the maximum speed of the Nozomi bullet train service to 285 kph between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations next year thanks to advances in braking technology.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 8, 2014
Test runs start on new section of Hokuriku Shinkansen Line
Test runs started Monday for trains to be used on a new section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line that will reach Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, according to East Japan Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co.
Dec 3, 2014
Passengers spend five hours stuck on train
Around 300 passengers spent more than five hours stuck on a train in Yamagata Prefecture on Wednesday when power failed. There were no injuries, the train operator said.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 29, 2014
JR Kyushu to go public in fiscal 2016
The government plans to approve the stock listing of Kyushu Railway Co., which is currently under state control, in fiscal 2016, sources close to the matter said Saturday.
Japan Times
Nov 13, 2014
Takashimaya offering chance to drive special train in Tohoku
For anyone who has ever wanted to drive a train, there's a "fukubukuro" lucky bag going on sale this New Year's season which can make that dream come true.
Japan Times
Nov 7, 2014
Early-model shinkansen unit taken from closed Osaka museum, ultimately bound for Kyoto
An old shinkansen train was taken out of a closed railway museum in Osaka early Friday morning and transported to a local maintenance facility, with the goal of ultimately displaying the unit in Kyoto.
Oct 22, 2014
Maglev line gets a green light
There are many questions about the future of the maglev line to be constructed between Tokyo and Osaka that now must be answered as the government has given the go-ahead for the project.
Japan Times
Oct 18, 2014
Maglev faces cost, engineering hurdles
Central Japan Railway Co.'s maglev line, approved Friday, will speed travelers from Tokyo to Nagoya in just 40 minutes, beating the fastest shinkansen by more than half the time.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 17, 2014
Maglev line gets green light
Central Japan Railway Co. on Friday received a green light from the government to build a magnetically levitated train line between Tokyo and Nagoya by 2027.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals