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After shinkansen stabbing, Japan bans unpacked knives on trains

Jul 21, 2018

After shinkansen stabbing, Japan bans unpacked knives on trains

Passengers will be prohibited from carrying unpacked knives on trains as part of new security measures sparked by last month's attack in a bullet train, the transport ministry said. The measures, announced Friday, allow station staff and conductors to forcibly evict passengers found carrying knives ...

Mobile services to be available in undersea Seikan Tunnel from next March

Jul 2, 2018

Mobile services to be available in undersea Seikan Tunnel from next March

Mobile communications services will be available from next March aboard Hokkaido Shinkansen Line trains traveling through the undersea Seikan Tunnel, the communications ministry, Hokkaido Railway Co. (JR Hokkaido) and three major mobile phone carriers have announced. Currently, passengers cannot use smartphones or other communication ...

Media get peek at Hello Kitty bullet train ahead of debut

Jun 26, 2018

Media get peek at Hello Kitty bullet train ahead of debut

West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) showed a Hello Kitty-themed bullet train to the media Monday before its debut later this week. The white eight-car train, which is decorated with drawings of pink ribbons to mimic the look of the popular character created by Sanrio ...

Japan's newest bullet train makes media debut

Jun 5, 2018

Japan's newest bullet train makes media debut

Central Japan Railway Co. showed a new bullet train model to the media during a test run on Tuesday. The railway operator known as JR Tokai started daytime test runs of the new N700S series Monday, having conducted test runs at nighttime starting in March. The ...

Hello Kitty bullet train to debut on Sanyo Line this summer

Mar 15, 2018

Hello Kitty bullet train to debut on Sanyo Line this summer

West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) will launch a Hello Kitty-themed bullet train on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line this summer, the railway operator says. A Kodama train featuring Sanrio Co.'s popular kitten character will consist of eight 500-series cars on the line that connects Osaka ...

Power outage halts Tokaido Shinkansen Line second time in five days

Mar 12, 2018

Power outage halts Tokaido Shinkansen Line second time in five days

The Tokaido Shinkansen Line was suspended between Shizuoka and Hamamatsu stations on Sunday afternoon by a power failure in Shizuoka Prefecture. The outage occurred at around 4:10 p.m., forcing 191 trains to run behind schedule by nearly 2½ hours in some cases, affecting about 200,000 ...