Tag - railway



Feb 10, 2014
JR Hokkaido faces criminal probe over data falsifications
The transport ministry filed a criminal complaint Monday against Hokkaido Railway Co. over alleged falsifications of maintenance data, prompting the police to open a criminal investigation into the matter.
Dec 17, 2013
Osaka drops railway sale after nixing Lone Star
Osaka Prefecture has canceled the ¥78.1 billion sale of a commuter rail line after local lawmakers rejected U.S.-based Lone Star Funds as the winning bidder, according to a source.
Japan Times
Dec 2, 2013
Shinkansen tested on Hokuriku line for '15 opening
A test run was carried out Monday in the newly built Hokuriku Shinkansen Line — an extension of the Nagano Shinkansen Line — that will begin operations in spring 2015, linking the cities of Nagano and Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 17, 2013
Shinkansen feasibility study in Indonesia in works
The government has agreed with Indonesia to conduct next year its first feasibility study on introducing Japan's bullet train technology to the Southeast Asian country, according to a source close to the negotiations.
Sep 26, 2013
Railway suicides linked to rainy days
Railway suicides tend to spike after a series of cloudy and rainy days, a team of researchers from two Japanese universities said Wednesday in an international academic journal.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 9, 2013
JR Kyushu expanding agriculture business as railway revenue slows
With revenue from its mainstay railway business slowing, Kyushu Railway Co. is aiming to generate annual sales of ¥1 billion from its farming ventures in two years, a roughly fivefold increase from fiscal 2012.
Jul 27, 2013
Yasukuni Shrine: ground zero for unrepentant wartime remembrance
There is considerable speculation about whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to visit Yasukuni Shrine in mid-August. This is an especially sensitive time of the year as it coincides both with the annual Bon festival, when people honor their ancestors, and the anniversary of Japan's surrender in...
Japan Times
Apr 4, 2013
Tsunami-hit Iwate rail line partially reopens, gets cars with Kuwaiti aid
A Sanriku Railway Co. passenger line devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami partially reopened for service Wednesday, with new rolling stock bought with the help of the Kuwaiti government.
Japan Times
Feb 18, 2013
42 injured as tour bus plunges onto railway track in southwest Japan
Forty-two people were injured, two of them seriously, when a tourist bus crashed through guardrails and plunged onto a railway track Sunday in Oita Prefecture, according to police.
Jun 21, 2010
Indonesia moving to reduce forest loss, warming emissions
SINGAPORE — Recent developments in curbing high levels of forest loss around the world, particularly in the tropics, are promising. They are significant because deforestation, including the clearing of trees from peat swamps in Southeast Asia, is the biggest source of global warming emissions from...
May 23, 2007
Preventing suicides
Every year in Japan some 30,000 people kill themselves. Last year, a basic law to counter suicide went into effect, declaring that suicide prevention is the responsibility of both the central and local governments. A government study body has recently come up with proposals for suicide prevention plans....


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