Shinkansen

UPDATE: Quake shakes Tokyo and outlying areas; rail services...
A mudslide hits an unoccupied car parked at a home in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, on Sept. 16. (Naoko Kawamura)
A relatively strong earthquake rattled Tokyo and the Kanto region around lunchtime on Sept. 16, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.
JR East to bid for California high-speed railway project
East Japan Railway Co.’s Hayabusa E5 bullet train of the Tohoku Shinkansen Line (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
East Japan Railway Co. plans to introduce its prized Shinkansen to U.S. soil through a bid for a railway project in the state of California, the company said Sept. 5.
COMMENTARY: Fukushima alive with seeds of industrial innovation
Tsurugajo Castle (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture--Tsurugajo Castle here, which set the stage for major developments during the Boshin civil war of 1868-1869 that established the imperial...
VOX POPULI: Is ultra-fast train service really necessary?
A maglev bullet train prototype during tests in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, in August 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Choosing a destination and riding a train purely for the fun of it was the sort of leisurely, aimless train travel that author Hyakken Uchida (1889-1971) loved. He got great...
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.
'Shinkansen Love' exhibition fetes 50th anniversary of first...
The “Project E5” transformer robot based on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line's E5 series train will be featured at the “Shinkansen Love” exhibition that opens Aug. 9 at the Railway Museum in Saitama. (Provided by the Railway Museum)
SAITAMA--A train museum here will open a special exhibition on Aug. 9 featuring bullet trains to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the first Shinkansen line.
Shinkansen show opens ahead of Tokaido Line’s 50th anniversary
A boy takes a bullet train on a simulated run Aug. 6 at a special exhibition in Nagoya to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. (Yuta Takahashi)
NAGOYA--A department store here is holding a special exhibition on bullet trains to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line in October.
Hokuriku Shinkansen line's new bullet train goes for a test run
A new W7 Series Shinkansen train makes a test run on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line tracks along the Sea of Japan coast in Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture, on Aug. 5. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ITOIGAWA, Niigata Prefecture--Excited train fans gathered atop a hill here for their first view of West Japan Railway Co.'s latest bullet train as it zoomed along the Hokuriku...
Taiwan's Shinkansen more satisfying than Japan's bullet trains
Vendors on a Taiwanese bullet train bring carts filled with food and beverages down the aisles to serve passengers. (Kenichiro Saito)
TAIPEI--Japan has long been known for its "cultural borrowing," adopting ideas and practices from abroad and improving on them to make them uniquely Japanese.
JR West unveils new Kodama Shinkansen with Plarail toy train car
A toy Plarail 500 Series Shinkansen runs through the huge diorama set up in the first car of the special 500 Series Shinkansen in the Hakata rolling stock yard on July 2. (Mahito Kaai)
NAKAGAWA, Fukuoka Prefecture--At first glance, West Japan Railway Co.'s new Kodama Shinkansen looks like any run-of-the-mill bullet train.
'Footbath Shinkansen' set for debut in July
The interior of the footbath car on East Japan Railway Co.'s new "Toreiyu Tsubasa" train at the Yamagata rolling stock center on June 30 (Yasuo Tomatsu)
YAMAGATA--Passengers on the newest Shinkansen to join East Japan Railway Co.'s (JR East) fleet of trains will be able to relieve aching feet with a footbath, and then...
Expectations high in Ishikawa ahead of new Shinkansen line
JR West's latest W7 series Shinkansen train runs on the premises of a rail yard in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture, on June 22. (Shigehisa Yuki)
HAKUSAN, Ishikawa Prefecture--West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) on June 22 unveiled its latest W7 series Shinkansen train, attracting hundreds of people in a prefecture eagerly...
In need for speed, JR East retiring all double-decker Shinkansen
The double-decker E4-series Shinkansen, left, is being replaced by the E5-series Shinkansen, the world's fastest high-speed train. This photo was taken at Tokyo Station. (Ayateru Hosokawa)
With speed taking priority over capacity, East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) will retire all double-decker Shinkansen trains that have carried commuters to and from Tokyo for 30...
Beijing pitches high-speed trains to emerging nations as package...
The Asahi Shimbun
China has its sights set on exporting its low-cost bullet trains to emerging markets through economic assistance, potentially creating competition for overseas sales of...
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,...
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.