The Shinkansen, or bullet train, is an icon of Japan. The trains are some of the fastest in the world, reaching top speeds of 200 mph, and are famously punctual, with average delays being below one minute. The first Shinkansen line, which opened in 1964 and connected Tokyo and Osaka, coincided with the previous Tokyo Olympics and marked the welcoming back of Japan into the international community after the war. Since 1964, as technology has developed the trains have become more sophisticated: the latest model, the N700S, which will debut before the 2020 Olympics, is expected to achieve further enhanced environmental performance, safer and more reliable transportation. As the Olympics returns to Tokyo, whilst Japan is facing new challenges, the country is still willing to adopt a long-term approach and invest in new infrastructure.
This seminar will discuss the development of the Shinkansen between the 1964 and 2020 Olympics. Professor Roderick Smith, Imperial College London, will give a historical overview of transport in Japan and look at how the Shinkansen has captured people’s affection, before taking the audience on an imaginary Shinkansen ride. Masakatsu Yoshizawa, of Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central), will talk about the technological developments of the railways and explain what the future holds. He will go on to reveal how impressive safety and punctuality records have been achieved whilst also maintaining high-speed operations and transporting vast numbers of passengers.
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Reserve tickets at this website2019-04-25 18:00 2019-04-25 18:00 Europe/London Shinkansen and the Tokyo Olympics This seminar will discuss the development of the Shinkansen high speed railway between the 1964 and 2020 Olympics. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/04/25/shinkansen-and-the-tokyo-olympics-198136 Daiwa Foundation Japan House,13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle),London,
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