Top speed of Nozomi bullet trains to hit 285 kph

Business / Corporate 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. JR Tokai, which operates the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, usually ...

National 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. The incident took place at around 7:40 a.m. on the Senzan Line when a tree laden with ...

Business / Corporate 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. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry is considering giving the go-ahead to the listing now that ...

Maglev line gets green light

Business / Corporate 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. The maglev line will shorten travel time from Tokyo to Nagoya to about 40 minutes, according to JR Tokai, ...

Violence against railway workers on decline

National Jul 8, 2014

Violence against railway workers on decline

Cases of violence by train passengers against railway workers totaled 760 in fiscal 2013, down by 68 from the previous year, according to the latest tally by an industry group. In a report released Monday, the Association of Japanese Private Railways said 29 railway firms, ...

Police gear up to search JR Hokkaido

National Feb 12, 2014

Police gear up to search JR Hokkaido

Police were set to search the head office of Hokkaido Railway Co. on Wednesday over the railway operator's alleged falsifications of maintenance data, investigative sources said. The search, also targeting four other locations, including JR Hokkaido's maintenance offices in Onuma and Hakodate, follows a criminal ...

Business 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. The prefectural government hasn't decided whether to start another auction of Osaka Prefectural Urban Development Co., ...