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"Doctor Yellow" inspection trains are set to be retired by 2027 due to their aging.
Jun 13, 2024
'Doctor Yellow' test shinkansen trains set for retirement
JR Central and JR West currently own one Doctor Yellow train each.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attends a gathering of a Liberal Democratic Party faction led by LDP Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi (left) in Tokyo in 2022.
JAPAN / Politics
May 23, 2024
LDP loss in Shizuoka election could increase pressure for snap poll
Shizuoka's gubernatorial election is a close race between candidates backed by the ruling party and the main opposition.
A worker unloads packages from a shinkansen at JR Tokyo Station on Friday.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 19, 2024
JR firms expanding cargo transport using shinkansen trains
Such services are set to expand as Japan facing disruptions to logistics services stemming from an overtime cap for truck drivers.
Former Shizuoka Vice Gov. Shinichi Omura announces he is running for the gubernatorial election, on April 12.
JAPAN / Politics
May 9, 2024
Campaigning for Shizuoka's next governor kicks off with all eyes on maglev line
A record six candidates are running for the post after the previous governor resigned over controversial remarks.
Mikuni Minato is not a town that has recently fallen on hard times — it's been that way for a century.
LIFE / Travel
May 7, 2024
48 hours in Mikuni Minato, Japan’s port town that time forgot
A trip to Mikuni Minato may not appeal to the average tourist, but well-traveled residents will find it fascinating.
The planned extension of the Hokkaido Shinkansen to Sapporo will be delayed until after fiscal 2030 due to difficulties relating to tunnel construction, according to sources.
Apr 25, 2024
Hokkaido Shinkansen extension to be delayed beyond fiscal 2030
According to sources, tunnel construction for the section has proven challenging.
A Tokaido shinkansen. It is unclear whether the snake was venomous or how it ended up on the train, and there was no injury or panic among passengers.
Apr 17, 2024
Snake on a train: Discovery of serpent delays Tokyo-Nagoya shinkansen
Shinkansen customers can bring small dogs, cats and other animals, including pigeons on board — but not snakes.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo in May 2022.
Apr 9, 2024
Biden and Kishida likely to discuss Texas bullet train project, sources say
The leaders may publicly voice support for the multi-billion-dollar Texas project after Wednesday's talks.
With the resignation of Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu, a major hurdle may have been removed in the construction of the maglev high-speed train, which is expected to connect Tokyo to Osaka in just over 60 minutes.
Apr 5, 2024
Maglev train is back on track after Shizuoka governor's derailing
Shizuoka's governor was blocking the construction of Japan's maglev bullet train. Now that he has resigned, the project can finally move at full speed.
Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu apologizes for his gaffe at a news conference in Shizuoka on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 3, 2024
Shizuoka governor's resignation may remove hurdle for maglev project
Heita Kawakatsu has long opposed the construction of a tunnel in the prefecture for the next-generation shinkansen, citing environmental concerns.
JR Tokai President Shunsuke Niwa speaks to reporters after meeting with transport ministry officials on Friday.
Mar 30, 2024
JR Tokai gives up on 2027 maglev target date for opening
JR Tokai gave up the 2027 goal as the Shizuoka Prefectural Government has declined to approve tunnel drilling work due to environmental concerns.
The 125-kilometer section from Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture to Tsuruga in Fukui, which opened Saturday, adds six new stations to the Hokuriku Shinkansen line.
Mar 16, 2024
Hokuriku Shinkansen extension opens, buoying tourism hopes for Fukui
The extension brings shinkansen services to Fukui Prefecture for the first time.
An extended section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line will open on Saturday to connect the city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, and the city of Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture.
Mar 14, 2024
Hokuriku Shinkansen's Kanazawa-Tsuruga extension set to open Saturday
The opening of the new section is expected to contribute to reconstruction efforts in the Hokuriku region in central Japan.
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.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
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