Shinkansen

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...
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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.
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,...