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Japan Railway Launches Shinkansen Reservation App for Foreign Traveler

| News, Transportation News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/06/2017

JR Central - Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen Reservation App

JR Central Announces “Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen Reservation App”

Date: Nov 6, 2017
Source: Central Japan Railway Company

Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and West Japan Railway Company (JR West) have released a new free smartphone app, the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen Reservation App, through which users may purchase tickets for the Tokaido Sanyo bullet train line, Japan’s main artery connecting Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Hakata and other destinations.

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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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Japan and India will to sign agreement for India’s first bullet train

| News, Transportation News | 12/07/2015

Japan's Bullet Train to India

India-Japan to sign a pact for India’s first bullet train
Date: Dec 7, 2015
Source: Business Inside India

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is coming to India on 11th December, and during his tour, he is most likely to finalise an agreement on high-speed train services in India, which means that India can soon get its first ‘Bullet Train‘.

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Japan’s high-speed rail will spur economic benefits across Texas – Potential impact of more than $36 billion

| News, Transportation News | 11/15/2015

Japan's high-speed rail will spur economic benefits across Texas

High-speed rail will spur economic benefits across Texas
Date: Oct 15, 2015
Source: Texas Central Partners, LLC

Independent study projects potential impact of more than $36 billion

  • All counties, cities and school districts touched by the Dallas-to-Houston route will share in the financial benefits, even before the trains begin operating
  • New Jobs, new tax revenue for local governments and new private developments generated by the project will create a”ripple effect across Texas”
  • The privately developed rail system will generate income to help the state serve Texans
  • Brazos Valley Station confirmed as third destination at commencement of
    operations

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Shinzo Abe agreed to memorandum of cooperation with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan about several areas including maglev high-speed rail

| News, Transportation News | 06/07/2015

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sits on board a magnetic-levitation (maglev) train at the Yamanashi Maglev Test Track.

Larry Hogan just asked for $28M to develop a maglev train line between Baltimore and D.C.
Date: June 4, 2015
Source: Baltimore Business Journal by Rick Seltzer

Gov. Larry Hogan isn’t just riding a magnetic levitation train in Japan during his trade trip to Asia. His administration is boosting a private effort to build such a super-fast train at home between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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Japan to develop Thai high-speed rail links

| News, Transportation News | 05/26/2015

Thai high-speed rail route

Japan to develop Thai high-speed rail links
Date: May 12, 2015
Source: The Straits Times

BANGKOK – Japan has signalled its intention to help develop three multibillion-dollar high-speed railway routes in Thailand.

Both sides will sign a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) this month on joint development of the Bangkok-to-Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi-Bangkok-Laem Chabang and Bangkok-to-Sa Kaew rail lines.

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Malaysia PM Najib Razak takes Shinkansen bullet train to Sendai Japan

| News, Transportation News | 05/26/2015

Malaysia PM Najib Razak takes Shinkansen

Najib takes Shinkansen bullet train to Sendai
Date: May 26, 2015
Source: The Malaysian Insider

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today experienced first-hand the Shinkansen, Japan’s renowned bullet train which travels at 320km per hour.

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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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East Japan Railway Company exhibited Shinkansen bullet train simulator for first time in India

| News, Transportation News | 02/26/2015

Bullet Train System in India

JR East promotes bullet train in India
Date: Feb. 26, 2015
Source: NHK World

East Japan Railway Company officials are promoting bullet train technology in India in hope of developing a high-speed rail system there.

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East Japan Railway has strong intention to bid for high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles

| Transportation News | 09/05/2014

East Japan Railway Company - Bullet Train

JR East to bid for California rail project
Date: Sep 4, 2014
Source: NHK World

The chairman of East Japan Railway has expressed his strong intention to bid for a high-speed rail system in California.

The super-express rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles is expected to be completed by 2029. The bidding is due to take place later this year.

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Japan eyes bullet train contract for Malaysia-Singapore route

| Transportation News | 08/05/2014

Japan's Shinkansen to Malaysia and Singapore

Japan eyes bullet train contract for Malaysia-Singapore route
Date: Aug 6, 2014
Source: Nikkei

TOKYO — The Japanese public and private sectors will join forces to have shinkansen bullet trains chosen for a high-speed rail project connecting Malaysia and Singapore.

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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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East Japan Railway tech advice to Britain’s HS2 for construct a 531km Y-shaped high-speed network

| News, Transportation News | 04/04/2014

East Japan Railway & High Speed Two

HS2 appoints JR East as a consultant
Date: Apr 03, 2014
Source: by Kevin Smith – International Railway Journal

EAST Japan Railway (JR East) has confirmed that it has been appointed as a consultant by Britain’s HS2 (High Speed Two), the company overseeing the project to construct a 531km Y-shaped high-speed network from London to central and northern England.

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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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Masahiro Nakayama – Central Japan Railway Company

| Key Persons Reports, Reports | 06/05/2013

Masahiro Nakayama - Central Japan Railway Company

Central Japan Railway Co (JR Central)
Masahiro Nakayama, General Manager, International Dept
Date: May, 27, 2013
Source: JAPANTODAY – By Chris Betros

One of Japan’s best-known icons would have to be its bullet trains or shinkansen which are a marvel of technological achievement. Central Japan Railway Co, better known as JR Tokai or JR Central, operates the Tokaido Shinkansen. Its high-speed rail technology is in demand overseas.

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Amazing Magnesium Violin and Aluminum Cello! They are made with the same technique employed to make nose sections for Shinkansen bullet trains

| Products & Services, Reports | 05/12/2013

Aluminum Cello

Amazing Magnesium Violin and Aluminum Cello! They are made with the same technique employed to make nose sections for Shinkansen bullet trains
Source: Web Japan

Yamashita Kogyosho is responsible for manufacturing the nose sections of Japan’s Shinkansen bullet trains (the “faces” of the trains). These streamlined noses are produced by craftsmen hammering aluminum sheets using a technique called “Uchidashi Bankin.” With this time-honored technique they create delicately curved surfaces by hammering carefully selected areas of the sheets very precisely by hand, carefully controlling the strength of each blow.

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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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