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  • Re-sized S23_8226 The first train leaves from Nakasaki Station to Takeo-Onsen Station

    Isolated Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen extends Japan’s high speed network to Nagasaki


    JAPAN: JR Kyushu has opened the 66 route-km Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen between Takeo Onsen and Nagasaki.

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    Metro Report International

    Utsunomiya light rail expansion planned as opening rescheduled


    JAPAN: Plans are being drawn up to extend the future Utsunomiya light rail line through the urban area on the west side of the JR East station and Tohoku Main Line.

  • Japanese high speed train and Mount Fuji (Photo: Phuong Vu/Pixabay)

    JORSA hosts Japanese pavilion at InnoTrans


    INNOTRANS: Having exhibited at every InnoTrans event since 2002, the Japan Overseas Railway System Association will once again be organising the Japanese pavilion at InnoTrans 2022. Located in Hall 7.2a, the JORSA Pavilion will bring together eight of the association’s 39 member companies, together with Tokyo ...

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    J-TREC to focus on multiple-units at InnoTrans


    INNOTRANS: Japanese rolling stock manufacturer J-TREC will be promoting its expertise in the design, manufacturing and retrofitting rolling stock for commuter, inter-city and high speed applications. This will include its Sustina product platform which forms the basis for various recent commuter EMU orders; the company will ...

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    Recommendations to save Japan’s rural railways issued


    JAPAN: A study group formed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism has published its report into whether and to what extent rural railways across the country can be revived.

  • A Series 813 EMU on JR Kyushu's Kagoshima Main Line (Photo: Wikipedia/Amayagan)

    JR Kyushu trials contactless payment


    JAPAN: Working with Sumitomo Mitsui Card, Nippon Signal and Quadrac, JR Kyushu is experimenting with contactless fare payment using touch-compatible Visa cards and smartphones. In a trial running from July 22 to March 31 2023, contactless payment will be accepted at five stations on the Kagoshima ...

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    Tracklaying completed on Sotetsu – Tokyu Link


    JAPAN: The completion of tracklaying on the link line connecting the Sotetsu and Tokyu railways was marked with a ceremony at Shin-Yokohama on July 8.

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    JR Central Chairman Emeritus Kasai dies aged 81


    JAPAN: Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman Emeritus of Central Japan Railway, has died at the age of 81. Kasai was instrumental in the break-up and part privatisation of Japanese National Railways in 1987. He wrote a detailed personal account of the process in a book entitled Japanese National ...

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    Japanese railway diagnostics contracts signed


    JAPAN: Mermec has signed three contracts to provide advanced diagnostics for Japanese rail and metro networks. The contracts worth more than €20m were signed at the Italian embassy in Tokyo on May 27, in the presence of Ambassador Gianluigi Benedetti and representatives of Mitsubishi Electric, Sumitomo ...

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation Toei Subway Mita Line Series 6500 train
    Metro Report International

    Toei Subway Series 6500 trains enter service


    JAPAN: Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation’s Series 6500 trainsets have begun entering service on the Toei Subway’s Mita Line between Nishi-Takashimadaira and Shirokane-Takanawa.

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    Japan: Facing a rural railway conundrum


    Population decline, urban migration, rising car ownership and better local roads mean that traffic on many of Japan’s rural railways is falling. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism is addressing the issue and an action plan is to be drawn up by July. Mike Bent investigates.

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    Sotetsu progresses railway investment programme


    JAPAN: Sotetsu Holdings is making progress with a ¥16·4bn programme of investment in its Sagami Railway network west of Yokohama and is investing ¥600m in its bus operations.

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    Test running starts on Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen


    JAPAN: Test running has started on the isolated Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen between Nagasaki and Takeo Onsen, which is scheduled to open for revenue service on September 23.

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    Metro Report International

    Yokohama unveils Series 4000 metro trains


    JAPAN: The first of eight Series 4000 trains being supplied to operate on the Yokohama Municipal Subway’s Blue Line was unveiled at Kaminagaya depot on March 30.

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    JR Central launches hybrid trainsets with remote monitoring


    JAPAN: Central Japan Railway is to replace its ‘Wide View’ Series Kiha 85 diesel multiple-units dating from the late 1980s and early 1990s with a fleet of Series HC85 hybrid multiple-units comprising 64 vehicles in total. Following tests with a four-car prototype built by Nippon Sharyo ...

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    Metro Report International

    Nagasaki acquires low-floor tram with longitudinal seating


    JAPAN: Nagasaki Electric Tramway has unveiled its first Alna Sharyo Type 6000 tram, which it says is the first 100% low-floor car to have longitudinal seating throughout. The single-section tram is 12·2 m long, 2 300 mm wide and 3 740 mm ...

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    Metro Report International

    Series 20 ready to operate Kyoto’s Karasuma Line


    JAPAN: Kyoto Municipal Subway has confirmed that the first of its Series 20 trainsets will enter service on the Karasuma Line from March 26, following the completion of testing and commissioning. The metro operator is buying nine six-car Series 20 trainsets from ...

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    E131-600 EMUs take over Omiya branches


     JAPAN: East Japan Railway has unveiled the Series E131-600 electric multiple-units which are due to take over two 1 067 mm gauge branches in its Omiya division from a timetable change on March 12.

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    JR West to order tilting EMUs


    JAPAN: West Japan Railway plans to order four 11-car Series 273 electric multiple-units to replace the Series 381 trainsets used on Yakumo Limited Express services on the Hakubi line.

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    Prototype Hybari hydrogen multiple-unit ready for testing


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway is to begin testing its prototype HYdrogen-HYBrid Advanced Rail vehicle for Innovation two-car hydrogen multiple-unit during March. Plans for the Hybari unit were announced in June 2019, and agreements for its production were announced in October 2020. The Series FV-E991 test train ...