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Huge maglev shinkansen emergency exit shaft unveiled in Tokyo

Business Nov 28, 2018

Huge maglev shinkansen emergency exit shaft unveiled in Tokyo

Central Japan Railway Co. unveiled a massive emergency exit to the media Wednesday in Tokyo as part of its maglev ultrahigh-speed train line, currently under construction. The exit, located in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward, will be used for air ventilation and evacuating passengers in emergency situations. JR ...

After shinkansen stabbing, Japan bans unpacked knives on trains

National 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

National 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

Business 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 ...