Under the project, which is partially financed by grant aid from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Marubeni will supply equipment manufactured by Kyosan Electric MFG, Japan, for installation at Yangon Central and Pazunduang.

The Japanese government is financing a number of rail projects in Myanmar, including the modernisation of the Yangon - Mandalay Main Line and the Yangon Circular Line.

In May MR signed a contract with Mitsubishi Corporation and Hitachi for resignalling of the 140km Yangon – Pyuntasa section of the Yangon – Mandalay line.