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JR Tokai will send engineers to U.S. for Texas Shinkansen project
The Shinkansen train Nozomi at JR Nagoya Station. A planned project to offer high-speed rail service in Texas would utilize a bullet train based on the Nozomi N700 series. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
To assist on a project linking Dallas to Houston by a Shinkansen bullet train, Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) will dispatch about 20 of its engineers to the United States,...
Work on monster tunnel to begin for maglev train linking Tokyo to...
A maglev train runs on the Yamanashi Maglev Test Track in Fuefuki, Yamanashi Prefecture, in November, against a background of the vast Southern Japan Alps mountain range that straddles Yamanashi, Shizuoka and Nagano prefectures. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Construction of a mammoth 7.7-kilometer tunnel cutting through the Southern Japan Alps will begin Dec. 18 as part of an ambitious project to link Tokyo to Nagoya with a maglev...
VOX POPULI: Era of onboard ticket checks passing into history
Children, dressed as conductors, check tickets on a Tokaido Shinkansen train. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Novelist Hiroyuki Agawa, who died in August at age 94, had a passion for trains.
'Dr. Tokai' to update tools of the trade to make trains safer
Dr. Tokai, a test train that inspects lines, is to be refurbished (Provided by JR Tokai)
NAGOYA--Dr. Tokai is updating his "medical" equipment. The latest sensors and high-resolution monitoring cameras will be installed to detect abnormalities. And it's all about...
'Danger! No selfie sticks,' warns JR West in new ban
Posters telling passengers to refrain from using selfie sticks will be posted by West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) stations starting Sept. 19. (Provided by West Japan Railway Co.)
Selfie sticks will no longer be in the picture on West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) station platforms, to be prohibited over fears they may injure other passengers or cause...
PHOTO: ‘Dr. Yellow’ lucky Shinkansen shows its belly for 1st...
Train buffs take pictures as the  “Dr. Yellow” inspection Shinkansen is lifted during a periodic inspection at a factory in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on July 25. (Yoshihiro Yasutomi)
HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Prefecture--Railroad buffs and children were delighted at the rare opportunity to see an inspection Shinkansen, popularly called “Dr. Yellow,” lifted...
Shinkansen trains to get more security cameras after suicide blaze
A surveillance camera inside the entry and exit area of the N700 series Shinkansen train currently running on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Two Shinkansen operators plan to install cameras inside the passenger compartments of trains following the self-immolation incident on a bullet train that left two people dead...
JR Tokai lets U.S. governor take joy ride on maglev train
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, right, gives a thumbs up as the maglev train reaches 505 kph on a test track in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, on June 4. (Provided by Central Japan Railway Co.)
TSURU, Yamanashi Prefecture--Maryland Governor Larry Hogan took a 505-kph train ride on June 4 as Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) continued its pitch to construct a...
JR Tokai to offer rides on high-speed maglev train in July, August
A maglev train runs on a test track in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Railway buffs will get a rare opportunity to whoosh along at speeds of up to 500 kph (310 mph) on the cutting-edge, high-speed maglev train this summer.
Tomy to sell toy maglev levitating model train for railway buffs
Tomy Co.’s electric levitating model maglev train that will go on sale in September (Takeshi Iwashita)
Toymaker Tomy Co. will release the world’s first model electric train set based on the cutting-edge, high-speed maglev in September.
JR Tokai tabs former assistant to President Bush as first foreign...
Torkel Patterson (Provided by Central Japan Railway Co.)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) has appointed Torkel Patterson, a former special assistant to U.S. President George W. Bush, to its board, making him the first foreigner...
JR Tokai maglev train a blur as it hits world record 603 kph
The L0 Series maglev train runs on the Yamanashi Maglev Test Track in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, shortly after hitting a record 603 kph on April 21. (Akihiro Obuchi)
In the blink of an eye, Japan's prototype maglev train became the fastest manned train on the planet, breaking the 600-kph barrier on April 21.
JR Tokai derailed by Osaka company on trademark use of...
Nippon Sharyo Ltd.’s Choro-Q toy car that is modeled after the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line’s L0 series maglev train does not use the "Linear" name. (Tsuyoshi Suzuki)
A real estate firm has left the station with the trademark “Linear” ahead of Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), which may prevent it from using the name for items linked ...
JR Tokai to accelerate start of work on maglev Shinkansen, by...
A prototype maglev bullet train during a test run in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) President Koei Tsuge announced on Nov. 27 that construction of the maglev Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Nagoya will get under way on...
Export of maglev technologies to U.S. greeted with optimism at...
Tom Daschle, an adviser to the Northeast Maglev (TNEM) project, speaks during an international conference in Tokyo on Oct. 22. (Kenichiro Saito)
The operator of the planned Chuo Shinkansen Line reiterated its desire to export Japanese maglev technologies to the United States during an international conference on...
EDITORIAL: Gargantuan maglev train project needs cautious approach
A prototype maglev bullet train during a test run in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
On Oct. 17, transport minister Akihiro Ota approved Central Japan Railway Co.’s (JR Tokai) plan to build a maglev bullet train line for the 2027 scheduled start of service...
What a run: Tokaido Shinkansen marks 50 years on the tracks
An “N700A Series” train on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line (Provided by Central Japan Railway Co.)
Train buffs thronged Platform 19 at Tokyo Station, where the first bullet train departed exactly 50 years ago, dazzling the world.
Maglev train reaches 500 kph without much shaking
A monitor shows a prototype maglev train reached a top speed of 500 kph during a test run in Yamanashi Prefecture on Sept. 22. (Wataru Sekita)
TSURU, Yamanashi Prefecture--Two minutes and 50 seconds after the train’s departure, tunnel lights zipped by, water in a glass rippled harder, and a booming sound grew louder.
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...