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The 9th US-Japan Future Forum held in San Jose, California. “The Future of High-Speed Rail in the U.S.”

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California High Speed Trains

High speed train forum held in California
Date: Sep 20, 2014
Source: NHK World

Representatives from railway industries in Japan and the United States met in San Jose, California to discuss the economic benefits and changes in lifestyles that a high-speed railway brings.

Plans are underway to start a high-speed railway service between Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2029.

A Japanese consortium made up of East Japan Railway Company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and other major firms aims to win the contract.

An organization of Japanese entrepreneurs in San Jose held a forum to promote Japan’s high-speed railway technology on Friday. More than 100 university students and representatives of railway industries from both countries attended the event.

East Japan Railway Company executive Masaki Ogata explained in detail about the safety and punctuality of Japanese high-speed trains, and the economic benefits they bring.

The students presented various ideas, such as creating a relaxing atmosphere inside the cars, similar to an airport lounge.

California High Speed Rail Authority Chair Dan Richard said Japan’s high-speed trains are safe and quake-resistant. He said China, Spain and Germany are also showing interest in the project.

Preparations for the construction of the railway have started in some areas. Competition over the contract is expected to heat up.

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One Response to “The 9th US-Japan Future Forum held in San Jose, California. “The Future of High-Speed Rail in the U.S.””


  1. East Japan Railway has strong intention to bid for high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles
    Date: Sep 4, 2014

    The chairman of East Japan Railway has expressed his strong intention to bid for a high-speed rail system in California.

    The super-express rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles is expected to be completed by 2029. The bidding is due to take place later this year.

    In a speech in Washington on Thursday, East Japan Railway Chairman Satoshi Seino stressed the safety of shinkansen trains in earthquakes and other natural disasters. He said East Japan Railway wants to contribute to the development of the American rail system.

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