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Tokaido Shinkansen Line to raise maximum speed in spring
N700A Series Shinkansen (Provided by the Central Japan Railway Co.)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said it will raise the maximum speed on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line from 270 kph to 285 kph next spring, the first such increase in 23...
Final maglev train outline submitted, despite difficulties of...
The L0 Series maglev bullet train prototype during tests in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, in August 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) publicized the final outline for its maglev bullet train project, as the operator submitted required documents to transport minister...
Railway consortium mounts 'all-Japan' effort to market Shinkansen...
The Asahi Shimbun
Railway companies, manufacturers and industry groups have banded together to link up efforts to dispatch Japan's bullet-train technology overseas.
JR Tokai to offer tours of Doctor Yellow train
JR Tokai exhibits the Doctor Yellow test train at the Hamamatsu factory in Shizuoka Prefecture last year. (Provided by JR Tokai)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) will let a number of train junkies peek inside its popular Doctor Yellow train as part of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of its...
EDITORIAL: Maglev Shinkansen project not something to be rushed
A maglev train makes a test run on JR Tokai's Yamanashi Maglev Test Line in Yamanashi Prefecture last August. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) on April 23 submitted its final assessment report to the government on the environmental impact of the new maglev bullet train service,...
VOX POPULI: Society has to face the growing problem of senile...
Yuichi Okano (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Pekorosu no Haha ni Aini Iku” (Visiting with Pekorosu’s mother), a manga created by Yuichi Okano, is about his aging mother, Mitsue, who is in her 90s.
PHOTO: Peach blossoms, maglev trains make picture-perfect day in...
Sightseers view a maglev train as it speeds through a field of peach blossom trees in Fuefuki, Yamanashi Prefecture, on April 16. (Hiroki Endo)
FUEFUKI, Yamanashi Prefecture--With the bright pink peach blossoms in full bloom and a high-tech prototype maglev train zipping by, shutterbugs and tourists in this central...
EDITORIAL: JR Tokai fails to tackle environment concerns over...
A maglev train makes a test run on JR Tokai's Yamanashi Maglev Test Line in Yamanashi Prefecture in June 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The new maglev bullet train service of Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), scheduled to start between Shinagawa in Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027, has become a growing cause for...
JR Tokai to invite public on high-speed maglev train test runs
A maglev train runs on JR Tokai's Yamanashi Maglev Test Line in Yamanashi Prefecture during a test run in August 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) will offer tickets for test rides on its super-fast maglev train that has a top speed of 500 kph.
'Maglev' train technology for U.S. is 1st step in export strategy
Tom Dashle, a former U.S. Senator and now a consultant to the Northeast Maglev, is third from left. He and JR Tokai Chairman Yoshiyuki Kasai shake hands after a maglev test run on the Yamanashi Linear Experimental Line on Nov. 16, 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tom Daschle, the former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, doesn’t need any convincing about the merits of Japan’s high-speed “floating” train technology.
Planned start of maglev trains brings construction boom, concern...
Numerous cranes are situated on the site of the Dainagoya Building in front of Nagoya Station on Dec. 27. (Takeshi Narabe)
NAGOYA--With a new era on the horizon, tall cranes dominate the sky around Nagoya Station, and the clamor of construction machinery adds to the feel of the changing landscape.
Japan will offer 500 billion yen in loans for U.S. maglev project
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan plans to offer 500 billion yen ($4.79 billion) in loans to the United States as part of a push to export its high-speed magnetic levitation train system, which could...
Major quake-response drill held at bullet train base
Conductors prepare to pull out a traction coupler from the first car of a Shinkansen in Settsu, Osaka Prefecture, on Nov. 27. (Mari Endo)
SETTSU, Osaka Prefecture--In preparation for the ever-present threat of a powerful temblor disrupting Shinkansen service, more than 1,000 people participated in an emergency...
JR Tokai making braking, computer upgrades to N700 bullet trains
The front end of the N700 series Shinkansen bullet train is seen here Oct. 21 undergoing upgrades at Central Japan Railway Co.’s plant in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. JR Tokai is installing, among other things, a new computerized system that automatically controls the train’s speed. (Hirokazu Tatematsu)
HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Prefecture--Central Japan Railway Co., the operator of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, is undertaking its largest upgrade of bullet trains since the line...
Smokers raising stink over JR Tokai’s plan to make maglev...
The L0 series maglev Shinkansen train during a test run on the Yamanashi Maglev Test Track on Aug. 29 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Railway officials are touting their new high-speed magnetic levitated train, which are expected to begin operations in 2027, the first in the nation, as cutting the travel time ...
JR Tokai's new bullet train to debut
An N700A Shinkansen at Tokyo Station on Feb. 1 (Shinichi Kawarada)
Boasting an automated speed control system and a host of passenger-friendly features, the new N700A Shinkansen bullet train will make its commercial debut Feb. 8.
Maglev train offers smooth ride inside, deafening noise outside
A monitor in an L0 Series maglev train car shows its speed exceeding 500 kph during a test run along the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Aug. 29. (Jun Kaneko)
TSURU, Yamanashi Prefecture--Even as the on-board monitor registered a mind-boggling 500 kilometers per hour, the Asahi Shimbun reporter invited to report on a test run of the...
Test runs get under way on 500 kph maglev Shinkansen
The prototype L0 maglev train hits a speed of 500 kph during a test run at the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line on Aug. 29. (Jun Kaneko)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) has begun test runs of a magnetically levitated train that can reach speeds of up to 500 kph with an eye toward commercial operations...
Fast answers about maglev train
Central Japan Railway Co.'s magnetic levitation train line is expected to connect Tokyo and Nagoya in about 40 minutes when it opens in 2027. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) unveiled its L0 series high-speed magnetic levitation train in June at its Yamanashi Maglev Test Center in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture.
New JR maglev train exhibits advanced technology
The linear motor cars can be operated remotely by automatic control, thanks to a camera on the nose of the first car monitoring safety conditions. (Yu Okuma)
TSURU, Yamanashi Prefecture—Racing through tunnels deep underground, the super-fast maglev train from Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) will reach speeds of up to 500...