The Japanese bullet train introduced modern high-speed rail services to the world in 1964
The Japanese bullet train introduced modern high-speed rail services to the world in 1964

Japan's bullet proof trains

25 November 2016

After 50 years and 10bn passengers, Japan’s fast trains are famed for their safety, punctuality and cleaners.

What does shinkansen mean?

Literally, ‘new trunk line’. The train lines that criss-crossed Japan in the 1950s weren’t fit for purpose and the country used the 1964 Tokyo Olympics as the catalyst for its stratospheric rise to global economic 

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