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  • JR Central has raised the maximum speed on the  Tokaido Shinkansen to 285 km/h (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura)
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    JR Central targets Shinkansen business travellers with work-oriented offering

    2021-09-13T13:16:00Z

    JAPAN: Central Japan Railway Company is to revamp its offering for business travellers using Tokaido Shinkansen services, in response to changing travel patterns and working practices driven by the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Sotetsu Series 21000 EMU enters service

    2021-09-09T10:38:00Z

    JAPAN: Sagami Railway has put into service the first of four Series 21000 EMUs ordered to operate through services to Tokyo’s Meguro station over the Sotetsu-Tokyu Link.

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    High Speed: Sapporo in sight as tunnellers tackle Hokkaido’s hills

    2021-08-18T08:00:00Z

    Construction of the 212 km second phase of the Hokkaido Shinkansen from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Sapporo offers the prospect of a 5 h journey time from Tokyo once the line is completed in 2030-31. Mike Bent investigates.

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    Japanese diesel railcar ready for dynamic testing

    2021-08-02T10:28:00Z

    JAPAN: This month JR West is to begin dynamic testing of its prototype Kawasaki Heavy Industries DEC700 diesel railcar, which is designed for future conversion to battery-diesel hybrid operation.

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    Thai and Japanese railway research organisations to co-operate

    2021-07-20T05:00:00Z

    THAILAND: The National Scientific Technology Development Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute covering co-operation on technical matters, human development and joint research to help improve the Thai railway network. Initially running until the end of June ...

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    Red snow crabs by high speed train

    2021-07-19T08:07:00Z

    JAPAN: Red snow crabs and turban shells harvested along the coasts of Akita, Aomori and Iwate Prefectures have been transported to Tokyo by high speed train as part of a campaign to promote domestic tourism in northern Tohoku. East Japan Railway’s Akita Shinkansen Komachi 16 ...

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    Metro Report International

    Governments mull funding of Tokyo metro extensions

    2021-07-16T11:52:00Z

    JAPAN: The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism and the Governor of Tokyo have agreed in principle that Tokyo Metro Corp should press ahead with two short extensions to improve connectivity in the southeast of the capital.

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    Metro Report International

    Fukuoka Subway orders sky and mountain liveried trainsets

    2021-07-13T06:00:00Z

    JAPAN: Fukuoka City Transport Bureau has ordered four four-car Series 3000A trainsets to support an expansion of services when the Fukuoka Subway’s 12 km Nanakuma Line is extended by 1·6 km from Tenjin Minami to Hakata in 2022. Two of the 1 435 mm gauge, ...

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    Rolling stock HVAC testing flaws come to light

    2021-07-05T14:38:00Z

    JAPAN: Mitsubishi Electric President CEO Takeshi Sugiyama has announced his resignation, after an internal investigation found that rolling stock heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and air compressors supplied by the company had not been tested according to documented specifications. The company said there ...

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    Metro Report International

    Tokyo Metro’s Hanzomon Line trains unveiled

    2021-06-03T10:48:00Z

    JAPAN: The first of 19 Series 18000 trainsets to operate Tokyo Metro’s Hanzomon Line was unveiled at Saginuma depot in Kawasaki city on June 2.

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    Metro Report International

    First Lightline tram arrives

    2021-06-01T14:03:00Z

    JAPAN: The first of 17 three-section low-floor light rail vehicles being built to operate the Haga – Utsunomiya LRT was unveiled at the line’s depot on May 31, having been delivered a few days earlier.

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    Sotetsu orders Hitachi EMUs to work Tokyo through services

    2021-05-10T09:48:00Z

    JAPAN: As part of its ¥15∙7bn capital investment plan for the 2021 financial year, Yokohama-based Sagami Railway is to order four eight-car Series 21000 EMUs from Hitachi.

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    Keikyu banks on rotating seats

    2021-04-26T12:00:00Z

    JAPAN: Yokohama-based Keihin Express Electric Railway Co has unveiled the two additional Series 1000 EMUs that are expected to enter service from May 6.

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    JR Central sets out ¥722bn spending plan to stimulate post-Covid recovery

    2021-04-23T10:06:00Z

    JAPAN: JR Central has unveiled its investment priorities for the 2021-22 financial year, which began on April 1, as it seeks to recalibrate its business for the post-Covid recovery period, when restoring lost ridership will be a key priority.

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    JR East’s mobile maintenance unit takes to the rails

    2021-04-20T11:02:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway’s GMAC mobile maintenance unit is to ready be deployed from a base at Mito, following delivery of the third vehicle, the railway announced on April 16.

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    Seikan tunnel Shinkansen speed-up saves 3 min

    2021-04-01T05:00:00Z

    JAPAN: Selected Shinkansen services through the twin-track 53∙9 km Seikan Tunnel between Honshu and Hokkaido will be permitted to run at 210 km/h during the May 3-6 ‘Golden Week’ holiday period, saving 3 min on the trip between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto.

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    JR East’s driver-only Series 131 EMUs enter traffic on the Boso peninsula

    2021-03-18T05:00:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway has put into service its fleet of Series E131 EMUs on the relatively lightly used lines serving the Boso peninsula in Chiba Prefecture with effect from the March 13 timetable change.

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    Metro Report International

    Tokyo Metro improves train crowding data

    2021-03-16T05:00:00Z

    JAPAN: Following successful trials, Tokyo Metro has decided to roll-out the use of stereo depth cameras to provide real-time information on train occupancy. The system developed with Ueno Green Solutions and Cyber Core uses cameras with two closely-spaced sensors a known distance apart, and software ...

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    Japan addresses level crossing safety

    2021-03-04T14:30:00Z

    JAPAN: The Japan Transport Safety Board has published a series of recommendations to reduce the risk of level crossing accidents, with particular focus on the remaining crossings without barriers.

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    Joban Line ATO ready to launch

    2021-03-02T05:00:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway expects to start automatic train operation in commercial service on March 13, when the equipment goes live for Joban Line (Local) services in northern Tokyo.