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Can mega-fast maglev revive Japan’s rail reputation?

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 11/02/2016

World's Fastest Trains - CNN

Can mega-fast maglev revive Japan’s rail reputation?
Date: Nov 1, 2016
Source: by Andrea Lo, CNN

(CNN)When the record-breaking Shinkansen high-speed rail line opened in 1964, it was perfect timing.

That year Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics, and Japan hogged the spotlight to debut the world’s first commercial bullet train.

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How Japanese Cars Changed the World: An Insider’s Look

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 04/01/2016

Photo-by-Peter-Lyon

How Japanese Cars Changed the World: An Insider’s Look
Date: Mar 22, 2016
Source: Japan Society, Photo by Peter Lyon.

Japan brought us the hybrid car, the Gran Turismo driving game, drifting, Speed Racer, and now the world’s first production fuel-cell car. Japanese innovations inspired high-end European automakers to realize more reliable, better handling cars.

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AGC’s Glass Used for All Vehicles of New Hokuriku Shinkansen Line

| Vehicles & Transportation | 03/16/2015

ACG - Hokuriku Shinkansen

AGC’s Glass Used for All Vehicles of New Hokuriku Shinkansen Line
Date: Mar 16, 2015
Source: Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.

Tokyo, March 16, 2015—AGC (Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.; Head Office: Tokyo; President & CEO: Takuya Shimamura) announces that its safety glass for railroad cars is installed in all vehicles of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, which started operation in Japan on March 14, 2015. In addition to the safety glass, all other glass components used in the vehicles have also been supplied by AGC.

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US Consumer Reports announces the 2015 People’s Pick and CR Picks 10 Top

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 02/26/2015

US Consumer Reports Best Cars 2015

Consumer Reports announces the 2015 People’s Pick and CR Picks 10 Top
Date: Feb. 23, 2015
Source: ConsumerReports.org

2015 People’s Pick
As Consumer Reports prepares to release its 2015 Autos Spotlight, which includes our highly anticipated Top Picks and Car Brand Report Cards, we asked our Facebook followers to name the best car on the market today.

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Japan railway company JR East to launch new luxury sleeper train in spring 2017

| News, Reports, Travel and Tourism News, Vehicles & Transportation | 06/04/2014

JR East Luxury Sleeper Train - Concept Design: Exterior

JR East to launch new luxury sleeper train
Date: Jun5, 2014
Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun

East Japan Railway Co. is ramping up efforts to increase the number of passengers who travel by train for sightseeing purposes. The company will launch a luxury sleeper trains service for affluent individuals as early as spring 2017. Also, JR East will develop and create travel products for foreign visitors to Japan in cooperation with Japan Airlines.

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Have You Ever Heard of Shinkansen Gran Class? It’s Premium Class (total 18 seats) on Hayabusa

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 05/06/2014

Gran Class: Inside Room

Inside the Gran Class
Source: Japan Rail Pass – By Japan Experience

Most of Japan’s shinkansen normally have a green class and a standard class, but in recent years, newer models of train have introduced a new class for the ultimate bullet train travel: the Gran Class.

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The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize: Dynax Corporation

| Vehicles & Transportation | 03/18/2014

Dynax Corporation: Transmission

The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize: Dynax Corporation
Source: The Japan Machinery Federation

New Clutch Discs with Durability and Anti-friction Characteristics for Automatic Transmission Vehicles
A clutch disc used in the transmission system (automatic transmission) of automatic (AT) vehicles has an iron ring structure provided with a friction material attached to its surface. In the past, asbestos, which causes serious health problems, was used as a friction material. Dynax Corporation took up the challenge of producing “asbestos-free” materials.
In 1983, they succeeded in developing Japan’s first paper friction material through a process of combining natural and synthetic fibers, blended with a friction adjustment agent, which was impregnated with phenol resin for hardening. This development not only solved an environmental issue but also produced a product that far surpasses conventional materials in terms of various specifications such as durability, thus significantly contributing to the “advancement” of AT vehicles.

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Honda Demonstrates Advanced Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle Safety Technologies

| Vehicles & Transportation | 10/06/2013

Honda Pedestrian Safety Technology

Honda Demonstrates Advanced Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle Safety Technologies
Date: 8/28/2013 3:24:00 PM
Source: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Honda today demonstrated two experimental safety technologies aimed at reducing the potential for collisions between automobiles and pedestrians and between automobiles and motorcycles. These advanced Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle (V2M) technologies, while still in the research and testing phase, demonstrate Honda’s vision to advance safety for all road users, including pedestrians and motorcycle riders, as well as automobile occupants.

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Subaru’s new Safety Systems “EyeSight” Can Recognize Brake Lights and Red Signals

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 10/02/2013

Subaru Safety Systems

Fuji Heavy Industries Reveals the Next Generation “EyeSight”
- All-New Stereo Camera Recognition Technology and Added Steering Assist Control for Better Safety and Further Reduced Driver’s Workload -

Date: October 2, 2013
Source: Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.

Tokyo, October 2, 2013 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, has developed its next generation “EyeSight” advanced driving assist system to enhance safety performance and further reduce burden on the driver. FHI has fully revamped the stereo camera system from current version of EyeSight for significantly improved recognition accuracy and added steering assist control features.

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Japan’s 310 mph (500 km/h) maglev trains to begin testing in fall

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 06/06/2013

Japan Maglev

Japan tests 310mph bullet train
Japan’s “floating” trains of the future, designed to travel at speeds of 311mph, have undergone their first test tracks.

Source: Telegraph – By Danielle Demetriou, Tokyo
1:08PM BST 04 Jun 2013

The new generation L0 Series trains, which employ the latest magnetic levitation technology instead of conventional wheels, will begin commercial services in 2027.

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Original Metal Forming Process Technology Which Creates the Face of the Shinkansen Bullet Train

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 05/02/2013

Yamashita Kogyosho Craftsman

Original Metal Forming Process Technology Which Creates the Face of the Shinkansen Bullet Train with a Single Hammer
News Source: The Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award

In 1964, the year in which the first Olympics in Asia were held, the Shinkansen bullet train, dubbed the “super-express train of dreams,” began operation. On October 10th of that year, the first 0 Series Shinkansen Hikari 1 left Tokyo station with its uniquely streamlined lead car. This face was created by the skilled craftsmen of Mr. Yamashita and his associates, with one hammer.

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