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April 2017

The New Age of Rail

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PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY
- Japan-Saudi Arabia Summit Meeting
- Memorial Ceremony Marking the Sixth Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

COVER STORY
The New Age of Rail

FEATURES

Railways for the World

An interview with Tetsuya Okuda, director-general of Railway Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Japanese Trains in the Birthplace of Rail

Japanese trains are highly rated in the country of rail transport’s birth, the United Kingdom,

Tokyo to Nagoya City in 40 Minutes

The coming age of maglev

The Fast Train to Kanazawa

The expanding national network of Shinkansen lines continues to boost local economies.

Local Railway, Regional Treasure

Faced with the twin challenges of motorization and urbanization, local railway companies have had to be inventive to maintain operability.

Destination Station

Japan's railway stations are so much more than merely points of departure.

The Cockpit Experience

State-of-the-art train simulators developed in Japan play a vital role in supporting railway safety.

Murder on the Limited Express

Japanese mystery story writers have long enjoyed using railways and trains in their novels.

SERIES

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Reinventing the Train

Railway engineers in Japan are working to reduce the environmental impact of trains running on their lines.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Gaijin Ninja

Meet martial arts expert Chris O’Neil, aka Sora.

INNOVATIVE ARTISTS
The Reflective Eye

Haruka Kojin produces artwork that beckons the viewer to another world.

TRADITIONAL CRAFTS
Lords of the Tansu

Rob Gilhooly visits a kiri-tansu chests maker n Kamo, Niigata Prefecture.

JAPAN HERITAGE
Carving Out a Balance in Kamakura

The people of Kamakura have long sought to protect their natural landscapes and preserve their historical and cultural heritage.