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A sign noting the restart of bullet train service is posted at the shinkansen entrance of JR Sendai Station on Wednesday morning after a power outage forced a large-scale shutdown of several shinkansen lines a day earlier.
Jan 24, 2024
Bullet train services resume in eastern Japan after power outage
Sections of the Tohoku, Joetsu and Hokuriku shinkansen lines were affected after a bullet train crossed a section of track where an overhead electrical wire was hanging down.
A shinkansen is stopped due to a power outage on a section in the city of Saitama shortly before noon on Tuesday.
Jan 23, 2024
Two workers taken to hospital after power outage halts shinkansen in eastern Japan
Many bullet train services between Tokyo and stations in eastern and central Japan were suspended and services were not expected to resume soon.
A shinkansen platform at JR Tokyo Station on Dec. 29
Jan 11, 2024
Japan firms opt out of Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail project
The development could allow rival Chinese businesses to further solidify their footprint in infrastructure building in East Asia.
Central Japan Railway has developed new safety inspection equipment and installed it on some of its N700S series shinkansen to increase the frequency of safety checks.
Dec 17, 2023
JR Central turns to onboard tech to boost shinkansen safety checks
JR Central has developed scaled-down observation equipment and installed it on its working N700S series shinkansen.
The maglev shinkansen line was originally scheduled for opening in 2027.
Dec 15, 2023
JR Central changes opening date of maglev shinkansen line
The line will open "no earlier than 2027" due to uncertainties over when drilling works for a tunnel in Shizuoka Prefecture can commence.
A Tokaido Shinkansen Line bullet train
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 2, 2023
Tokaido Shinkansen train halted after apparent bear spray release
At least five passengers fell ill as the bullet train was halted at JR Hamamatsu Station in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Tunnel construction for the Hokkaido Shinkansen has proved slow in some areas due to geological reasons and the difficulty of blasting through the earth.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Hokkaido
Nov 20, 2023
Tight labor market puts Hokkaido Shinkansen 2030 goal in doubt
The 212-kilometer route now under construction will link cities between Hakodate, at the southern tip of the prefecture, and Sapporo.
Kyushu Railway unveils inspection train Big Eye to the media in Kitakyushu last month.
Nov 5, 2023
New eye-catching railway inspection train to debut in Japan
The railway operator will hold test runs of Big Eye starting this month through next March in southwestern Japan.
A smoking room aboard a Tokaido Shinkansen train
Oct 18, 2023
Bullet train lines to nix smoking rooms as health consciousness grows
As of next spring, the smoking rooms will be replaced with areas to store drinking water to be distributed in times of emergency.
The U.K.'s decision to cut back on its HS2 high-speed rail network runs contrary to the path taken by Japan, which stuck to a long-term infrastructure plan.
Oct 11, 2023
U.K. effort to imitate Japan's shinkansen falls short
There is value of sticking to a long-term infrastructure plan, as Japan has done for almost 50 years with its high-speed rail system.
Firefighters arrive at Sendai Station following the report of a possible chemical leak inside a train on Monday.
Oct 9, 2023
Chemical leak injures four passengers on Tohoku Shinkansen
JR East staff confirmed something like smoke was rising from one of the cars and passengers were asked to evacuate.
A Hokkaido Shinkansen line bullet train travels through Hokuto, Hokkaido, in September.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 7, 2023
Japan to postpone plan to extend Hokkaido Shinkansen line by 2031
A new deadline has yet to be set, but the 212-kilometer extension also faces a labor shortage in the construction sector that is expected to worsen.
Passengers line up to board a bullet train at Tokyo Station in August.
Oct 4, 2023
Shinkansen rail pass prices soar 70% for tourists
Even with the big increase, demand is likely to stay strong thanks to a cheaper yen and steady flow of inbound visitors.
A cross-section illustration of the second Seikan Tunnel proposed by the Japan Project-Industry Council
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Sep 25, 2023
Is the plan to build a second Seikan Tunnel realistic?
Advocates suggest shorter travel times and revitalized communities, while critics worry about the price tag.
Passengers wait to board a shinkansen at Kyoto Station.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 14, 2023
Nozomi shinkansen to halt nonreserved seats during peak periods
The restriction will apply between Dec. 28 this year and Jan. 4 as well as the Golden Week and Bon holiday periods.
Staff put up posters about the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line at JR Fukui Station on Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 31, 2023
Hokuriku Shinkansen to link Kanazawa with Tsuruga from next March
The fastest travel time between Tokyo and Fukui will be two hours and 51 minutes — down 36 minutes from the time required on the current shortest route.
Shin-Osaka Station is crowded with travelers as services resume on Thursday morning.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 17, 2023
Shinkansen lines resume, but travelers may still face long delays
Central Japan Railway is urging people to refrain from using the train service until stations become less crowded.
Children hold baseball bats made with aluminum from scrapped bullet trains on Thursday in Tokyo.
Aug 17, 2023
Bats made from scrapped bullet train metal to go on sale in October
The bats are scheduled to go on sale on Railway Day and come in three designs.
Travelers wait for the resumption of shinkansen services at Tokyo Station on Wednesday.
Aug 16, 2023
Scores injured as Typhoon Lan passes through Japan
At least 64 people in eight prefectures in central to western Japan were reported to have sustained injuries, and 34 houses were damaged by the storm.
Passengers queue to board a shinkansen bullet train at Tokyo Station in Tokyo on Friday.
Aug 13, 2023
Typhoon Lan set to crash Japan holiday week
Typhoon Lan is expected to make landfall Tuesday in central Japan, with warnings of heavy rain and flooding during the annual Bon summer holidays.


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