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September 15, 2017

While visiting Thailand from August 26 to 29, Chairman Shukuri had meetings with government officials. After this, Chairman Shuikuri and Vice Chairman Patterson visited Malaysia and Singapore from August 29 to September 1, and had meetings with government officials in each country.


The principle of “Crash Avoidance” is that the system is designed to prevent even the possibility of a collision.

"Crash Avoidance" Based High Speed Rail Network

Dedicated Track for High-Speed Passenger Rail Service

A dedicated track completely separates the high-speed railway from freight traffic pulled by heavy locomotives and from conventional passenger traffic with lower braking performance, thus eliminating the risk of collisions with freight or conventional passenger trains.
Dedicated tracks are completely level crossing free. With no level crossings, collisions with any road vehicles including tank lorries loaded with hazardous or flammable substances can be completely eliminated.

Automatic Train Control System

The ATC system prevents high-speed passenger train-on-train collisions and excessive speeds.
The advanced ATC system exercises complete control over the entire dedicated track and every operating train, preventing train-on-train collisions and excessive speed.
Since the ATC is designed specifically for the use on dedicated passenger tracks, without considering interoperability, its structure is quite simple in terms of hardware, software and the handling of train crew.
The ATC system of Tokaido Shinkansen in Japan has prevented train-on-train collisions and maintained safe and reliable high-speed passenger rail service for fifty years.


Tokaido Shinkansen

Operating Section Tokyo – Shin-Osaka
Inauguration Oct. 1964
Operating Distance 552.6 km
Maximum Operating Speed 270 km/h
Minimum Travel Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Trains / day 323 (Excluding extra services)
* Including direct services between
Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen
Stations 17


Sanyo Shinkansen

Operating Section Shin-Osaka – Hakata
Inauguration Mar. 1972 (Shin-Osaka – Okayama)
Mar. 1975 (Okayama – Hakata)
Operating Distance 644.0 km
Maximum Operating Speed 300 km/h
Minimum Travel Time 2 hours 22 minutes
Trains / day 271 (Excluding extra services)
* Including direct services between
Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen or Sanyo
and Kyushu Shinkansen
Stations 19


Tohoku, Joetsu Shinkansen

Operating Section Tokyo – Shin-Aomori (Tohoku)
Tokyo – Niigata (Joetsu)
Inauguration Jun. 1982 (Omiya – Morioka; Tohoku)
Nov. 1982 (Omiya – Niigata; Joetsu)
Mar. 1985 (Ueno – Omiya; Tohoku, Joetsu)
Jun. 1991 (Tokyo – Ueno; Tohoku, Joetsu)
Dec. 2002 (Morioka – Hachinohe; Tohoku)
Dec. 2010 (Hachinohe – Shin-Aomori; Tohoku)
Operating Distance 713.7 km (Tohoku)
333.9 km (Joetsu)
Maximum Operating Speed 320 km/h (Tohoku)
240 km/h (Joetsu)
Minimum Travel Time 2 hours 59 minutes (Tohoku)
1 hours 37 minutes (Joetsu)
Trains / day 177 (Tohoku)
78 (Joetsu)
* Excluding extra services
Stations 23 (Tohoku)
10 (Joetsu)
* Some stations are overlapped


Kyushu Shinkansen

Operating Section Hakata – Kagoshima-Chuo
Inauguration Mar. 2003
(Shin-Yatsushiro – Kagoshima-Chuo)
Mar. 2011
(Hakata – Shin-Yatsushiro)
Operating Distance 288.9 km
Maximum Operating Speed 260 km/h
Minimum Travel Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Trains / day 125 (Excluding extra services)
* Including direct services between Sanyo
and Kyushu Shinkansen
Stations 11


Taiwan High Speed Rail

Operating Section Taipei – Zuoying
Inauguration Jan. 2007 (Banqiao – Zuoying)
Mar. 2007 (Taipei – Banqiao)
Operating Distance 345 km
Maximum Operating Speed 300 km/h
Minimum Travel Time 1 hour 36 minutes
Trains / day 196
(Maximum, excluding extra services)
Stations 8


Hokuriku Shinkansen

Operating Section Tokyo – kanazawa
Inauguration Jun. 1982 (Omiya – Takasaki)
Mar. 1985 (Ueno – Omiya)
Jun. 1991 (Tokyo – Ueno)
Oct. 1997 (Takasaki – Nagano)
Mar. 2015 (Nagano-Kanazawa)
Operating Distance 450.5 km
Maximum Operating Speed 260km/h
Minimum Travel Time 2 hours 28 minutes
Trains / day 118(Excluding extra services)
* Including Tsurugi
Stations 18
* Some stations are overlapped