Shinkansen

Maglev center to offer new high-speed experience
The prototype maglev train on exhibit at the new wing of the Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center in Tsuru as seen April 14 (Hiroshi Kawai)
TSURU, Yamanashi Prefecture--Visitors to the Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center here will soon be able to view the world's fastest "floating" train and experience...
Shinkansen operators link up to push bullet train exports
Masafumi Shukuri, center, chairman of the International High-Speed Rail Association, shakes hands with top executives of four JR high-speed train operators at the association’s first meeting April 10 in Tokyo. (Shimpei Doi)
Four of Japan’s bullet train operators have established a joint sales promotion body to compete globally with European and Chinese firms, touting their safety record over the ...
Tokaido bullet trains to raise speed to 285 kph
An N700A Shinkansen train (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Central Japan Railway Co. plans to raise the maximum speed of its Tokaido Shinkansen to 285 kph in spring 2015 from the current 270 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.
Fire near JR station disrupts rail service as travelers return home
Firefighters battle a blaze at a pachinko parlor near JR Yurakucho Station in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Jan. 3. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
A fire that destroyed an amusement arcade near JR Yurakucho Station in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward forced the temporary suspension of services on the Tokaido bullet train and other...
Public to get shot at riding 500-kph maglev train starting in...
The L0 series maglev Shinkansen train during a test run on the Yamanashi Maglev Test Track on Aug. 29 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAGOYA--Fifty years after the start of Shinkansen service, construction of the next-generation train line using magnetic levitation technology is expected to begin in October,...
PHOTO: New Shinkansen on trial in Nagano
The E7 series Shinkansen at JR Nagano Station on Dec. 15 (Shinichi Iizuka)
NAGANO--A sleek new Shinkansen train that will enter into service next year was put through its paces in a trial run in Nagano Prefecture on Dec. 15.
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...
For global competition, the EU bets on international...
Taiwan High Speed Rail, which marked the first time Japan’s Shinkansen system was exported overseas (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Over the last few years, bigwigs from the Japanese rail industry and the government have made a concerted effort to promote the Shinkansen, Japan’s high-speed rail system,...
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 ...
VOX POPULI: A choice between high-speed efficiency and leisurely...
A Nanatsuboshi (Seven Stars) luxury sleeper cruise train is opened to the media in Kita-Kyushu on Sept. 13. (Takeshi Iwashita)
After his first experience riding a “Nozomi” Shinkansen bullet train between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka 21 years ago, railroad travel writer Shunzo Miyawaki (1926-2003) wrote,...
UPDATE: Typhoon kills three, forces thousands to evacuate
Guests of an inn flee the flooding from the Katsuragawa river in Kyoto on Sept. 16. (Noboru Tomura)
Three people were confirmed dead after Typhoon No. 18 drenched much of the main Japanese island on Sept. 16.
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.
PHOTO: U-turn traffic from Bon holidays peaks on expressways
The Tokyo-bound lanes of the Tomei Expressway are congested with cars in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, at 6:55 p.m. on Aug. 17. Seen in the background is Mount Fuji. (Jun Ueda)
Traffic on expressways peaked in many parts of Japan on Aug. 17, as travelers were returning home from the traditional Bon mid-summer holidays, when Japanese go to their...
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...
Prototype of high-speed maglev train shown to public
Train buffs, journalists and others happily snap away as the L0 series high-speed maglev train arrives in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, on June 3. It was the first time that more than one car ran on the track in public view. (Yosuke Fukudome)
TSURU, Yamanashi Prefecture--The public got a rare chance to view a linked up prototype of the super-fast maglev "floating" train on its test track here June 3.
Vietnam abandons Shinkansen technology for slower railway
The Asahi Shimbun
HANOI--Vietnam has effectively dropped plans to adopt Japan's Shinkansen bullet-train technology, opting for a slower speed rail link between its two main cities.
JR Tokai nears consulting contract with Taiwan bullet train...
The Taiwanese bullet train (Provided by Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp.)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) is close to signing its first overseas consulting contract with a Taiwanese railway operator, a step toward exporting bullet trains based...