Despite completing two major projects earlier this year, JR East has announced plans to increase the rate of investment. As David Briginshaw reports exclusively from Tokyo, the emphasis is on growth and measures to make the railway more resilient to earthquakes.
THE introduction of new train timetables in Japan on March 14 was not only notable for the opening of the country's latest high-speed line, the Hokuriku Shinkansen, but also acceleration of Tokaido Shinkansen services, the opening of a new line in Tokyo, and the reopening of one of the lines damaged by the 2011 tsunami.
Next month sees the launch of the latest addition to Japan's high-speed network with the start of commercial services on the Hokuriku Shinkansen. Keith Barrow reports from Japan on the new line from Nagano to Kanazawa and plans for further extensions.
A 228km section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen is scheduled to open in March 2015, which is one of three extensions to the Japanese high-speed network currently under construction, as Yoshihiko Sato and David Briginshaw explain.