Japan: Train crash highlights risk of Tokyo’s ‘unopened’ rail crossings

By KAZUHIRO KIDA, Nikkei Staff Writer, Nikkei Asian Review; September 6, 2019 TOKYO — Japan’s railways are renowned worldwide for…

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The Exquisite Boxed Meals of Japan’s Train-Station Kiosks

By Rohini Chaki, Gastro Obscura, Atlas Obscura; June 25, 2019 The Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Japan’s famous bullet-train line, flashes past futuristic…

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Japan: Failing railway uses ‘foul-tasting’ snacks to beat passenger decline

From The Mainichi; August 4, 2018 CHIBA, Japan (Kyodo) — A small Japanese railway company in Choshi, near Tokyo, has…

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Tokyo rail guide signs woefully unprepared for 2020

From Japan Today; May 30, 2018 TOKYO – “I often see foreign tourists with bewildered expressions while standing in front…

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The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

By Allan Richarz, City Lab; May 22, 2018 t is a scene that plays out each weekday morning across Tokyo.…

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Japan’s famously polite train commuters lose their cool sometimes. There were 825 attacks last year

By Julian Ryall, South China Morning Post; May 14, 2018 Issei Izawa only started university in April, but he already…

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Rush hour delays: why Tokyo’s commuter railways are feeling the strain

By Joe Baker, Railway Technology; April 3, 2018 The first-ever government study into rush hour train delays for services in…

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Tokyo Metro starts playing background music on subway trains on trial basis

From The Japan Times; January 29, 2018 Tokyo Metro Co. has started playing classical and “healing” background music inside some…

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Pregnant Subway Riders in Tokyo Can Request a Seat With Their Phones

By Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure; December 20, 2017 More than 40 years ago, social psychologist Dr. Stanley Milgram gave…

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Japan unveils new graceful super express trains

By Helen Coffey, The Independent; December 8, 2017 The Odakyu Electric Railway in Japan revealed its new series 70,000 Graceful…

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Japan Just Made a Passenger Train Specifically for Bike Commuters

By Matt Bevilacqua, Bicycling; December 7, 2017 Multimodal bike commuters—those cyclists who make part of their regular trips on public…

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Japanese train line apologizes for departing seconds too early

By Katherine Lam, Fox News; November 16, 2017 Commuters usually groan about delays and canceled trains, but a Japanese rail…

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In Tokyo, life is not complete without trains

By Linda Yulisman, The Jakarta Post; October 10, 2017 Everyday Tomoi Nasu, 27, travels by train from her house in…

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