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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 ...

Shinkansen halted in Nagoya after oil leak and cracked frame found

Dec 13, 2017

Shinkansen halted in Nagoya after oil leak and cracked frame found

West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) reported what is the first recorded "serious incident," a designation in the transport ministry's accident-classification system introduced in 2001, on a shinkansen after a crack and oil leak were discovered underneath a running bullet train bound for Tokyo. "Serious ...

Bullet train stops after tablet PC catches fire, singes table

Sep 25, 2017

Bullet train stops after tablet PC catches fire, singes table

A shinkansen made an emergency stop Sunday after a tablet computer apparently owned by a passenger caught fire while the train was en route to Tokyo Station, police and railway officials said. The incident aboard the Nozomi 234 super express took place at around 5:30 ...