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Part 2/3: SCMaglev ~ The Next Generation Rail Technology
The first part of the project will connect Shinagawa Station in Tokyo to Nagoya in 2027 and will cover the distance of 286 km in 40 minutes which is more than 50% reduction from the current 1h32m via the Tokaido Line and 1h10m via plane. 86% of the line will be underground. Later on, it will be subsequently extended by 153 kilometres to Osaka by 2037. The Japanese officials told that SCMaglev saw 603 km speed in tests, but the maximum speed would be 500 km during commercial use, emphasizing their priority on safety and not speed. Read more here.
Part 1/3: SCMaglev ~ The Next Generation Rail Technology
SCMaglev or the Superconducting Magnetic Levitation technology is no doubt the future of Railways developed by JR Central and Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI), Japan. It works on the principle of magnetic repulsion between the tracks and the train cars resulting in the 'floating effect'. Read more here.
Debugging the Japanese Market Part-ii
In our second part of the article series - Debugging the Japanese Market, we continue our discussion on the incomprehensible nature of the Japanese market, focussing mainly on the points necessary to kickstart your business. We also analyse Vodafone's failure in Japan and how SoftBank was able to turn-around the company in just 6 months. Follow the link to read the complete article here.
Debugging the Japanese Market Part-i
Japan being the third-largest economy of the world is undoubtedly a hotbed of technology and innovation. But in a country where everyone seems extremely polite and friendly, why does it often become impossible to conduct business for foreign investors? The first part of this article series highlights some of the main challenges faced by international companies trying to enter the Japanese market. Read more here.
COVID-19 and Rail Transportation in Japan
Where the world economic state has taken a setback altogether, Japan's situation looks particularly grim with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games being postponed. PM Abe recently announced that the state of emergency or lockdown is not yet required as it will be a huge blow to the failing economy but looking at the rising cases this week with Tokyo prefecture reporting its all-time daily high of 78, Japan's coronavirus containment strategy might be nearing its breaking point. Read more here.
New Takanawa Gateway Station
The new Takanawa Gateway station opens on 14 March 2020. The station is set to create new possibilities to promote urban development and attract more businesses by constructing hotels, convenience stores, shopping centres, restaurants, etc. Read more here.
Enhancing the Application of Monitoring Performance in the Railway Systems
Safety for railway companies worldwide is the most important factor. After the first railway in Japan opened in 1872, much focus and effort have been allocated to maintaining safe operations of railways. Railways are important for a community and its development and they are strongly influenced by the socioeconomic, cultural and geographical environment of each country. Each rail system requires continuous monitoring in order to maintain train safety. Read more here.
Transport Oriented Development (TOD)~ The Kobayashi Business Model
In Japan, the railway is one of the most important modes of transport. Millions of people commute via trains every day making it a lucrative but at the same time highly competitive market. This article discusses the secret behind the success of over 200 private rail operators in Japan. The model that you need to know to expand your business beyond fare revenues. Read more here.
Part 3/3: SCMaglev ~ The Next Generation Rail Technology
The work between Shinagawa and Nagoya started in late 2014. But the work has not yet commenced in Shizuoka Prefecture. The local government opposes the work strongly citing environmental reasons. The Oi River, which passes almost through the centre of the prefecture, has its source in the Southern Alps. It is already used for many public projects and the ongoing construction may further lower the water flow in the river as a result. Although the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has tried to act as a mediator and settle the disputes, the issue seems far from over as even after considerable time there is no noticeable progress in the situation.
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