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Maglev Shinkansen Work at Shinagawa Station Shown to Media (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 25 (Jiji Press)—Central Japan Railway Co., or JR Tōkai, on early Saturday showed the media underground construction work at Shinagawa Station in Tokyo for its Chūō Shinkansen magnetic levitation ultrahigh-speed train line. Workers use a rail-mounted crane to install new underground maglev tracks at Shinagawa Station after removing old Tōkaidō Shinkansen rails. (© Jiji) As part o…

Japan, India Sign Nuclear Cooperation Pact (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)—Japan and India on Friday signed a bilateral nuclear cooperation pact that will enable Japan to export nuclear power plants to India. Among countries that are not signatories of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, India at present is the only nation concluding such a pact with Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his visiting Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, …

Kyoto Railway Museum (Photo Gallery)

Kyoto Railway Museum, which opened in April, presents the history of the Japanese rail network. Enjoy a virtual visit with our selection of images.

Kyoto Railway Museum: A Showcase of Japan’s Rail Heritage

The just-opened museum near Kyoto Station is the latest addition to the list of places to visit in Japan’s ancient capital, which also once served as a hub for a nationwide network of steam locomotives.

Doctor Yellow Keeps the Shinkansen Network HealthyRichard Medhurst

One of Japan’s most famous doctors is a brightly colored train that whizzes around the country’s high-speed rail network. The Shinkansen test train, popularly known as Doctor Yellow, is used to monitor the condition of tracks and overhead wires, helping to preserve the enviable safety record of the high-speed rail service. The vehicle’s nickname derives from its diagnostic function and distinctive…

Timeline for March 2016

A court order forces Takahama Nuclear Power Station to halt operations, the Hokkaidō Shinkansen service starts, and the nation marks five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Here are the major news stories of March 2016.

Hokkaidō Shinkansen Guide: Routes, Trains, Fares, and Sights

We provide an overview of the new Hokkaidō Shinkansen offering service between Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Stations, including the route and fares, as well as nearby points of interest.

Selling the Shinkansen Overseas: What Are Japan’s Chances?

Countries around the world are planning to construct high-speed rail networks, and the competition to win their orders is heating up. Japan, justifiably proud of its Shinkansen bullet train system, is an energetic competitor, but sparks are now flying as China and European countries have entered the fray. Just when it seemed to be coming Japan’s way, the order for a high-speed rail line in Indones…

On the Frontline of Gender and Technology: Engineer Abe Reiko Brings Japanese Know-How to Asia’s Rail Infrastructure

Civil engineer Abe Reiko travels the world applying her expertise in ensuring safety and quality on a wide variety of rail projects in Asia, including construction of metro lines in India and high-speed trains in Taiwan.

Timeline for June 2015

A passenger commits suicide by setting himself on fire on the Shinkansen, the Japan Pension Service suffers a massive data leak, and Japan and South Korea mark 50 years since the normalization of diplomatic relations. These are the main news stories for Japan in June 2015.

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