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Old July 4th, 2011, 09:01 AM   #861
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Tsunami damage

A few photos of the damage from one of my favorite photo-bloggers.

An ED75 locomotive that was hauling a now-derailed freight train on the Jōban Line.


Source: http://denshawotorou.blog73.fc2.com/

While there is good news with the return of C6120 to revenue service, another SL still awaits help after suffering damage in the tsunami. C5816 had been preserved and on display at Matsubara Park in Minami-Sanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture, but derailed and tipped over under the force of the tsunami.

This particular unit was manufactured by Kawasaki Rolling Stock in 1938, serving first in Hokkaidō, followed by stints in the Tōhoku and Kansai regions, before finally being assigned to Aizu Wakamatsu. Decommissioned in January 1975 and preserved there before being leased to Shizukawa Town (now part of Minami-Sanriku Town) in May 1978.
Source: http://denshawotorou.blog73.fc2.com/



Flipped over atop a local road.



The 75-ton locomotive would normally be on display here, but was lifted up and carried away by the waters, coming to rest 20 m away.



Sendai Pier terminal on the Sendai Waterfront Railway, a freight operator.
Source: http://denshawotorou.blog73.fc2.com/

First, a shot from 2011.01.13:



Next, post-earthquake (2011.05.02):



A derailed work car Rikuchū Yagi Station on the JR Hachinohe Line (2011.04.08):
Source: http://denshawotorou.blog73.fc2.com/





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Old July 4th, 2011, 09:02 AM   #862
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Cassiopeia and Hokutosei services restored

A little late on this, but service on the Tōkyō – Hokkaidō sleeper trains, the Cassiopeia and Hokutosei, was resumed on 2011.05.20 after being suspended in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. First, some videos.

Scenes from the Tōkyō area on the first day of service resumption (2011.05.20):


Source: karibajct on YouTube

The Cassiopeia in Hokkaidō, being pulled by two DD51 locomotives.


Source: nikonikodoradora on YouTube

Some pics:
Source: http://denshawotorou.blog73.fc2.com/

A silver-painted EF510 pulling a Cassiopeia



The coveted observation car on the Cassiopeia.



The less exclusive counterpart to the Cassiopeia, the Hokutosei, here bound for Ueno in Tōkyō.



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Old July 4th, 2011, 09:03 AM   #863
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I think it's Omiya. Here is that housing you see in the background, which is located across the street from the JR Omiya works:
Thanks. It looked familiar, but I was too lazy to do a "background check".
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Old July 4th, 2011, 09:53 AM   #864
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JR Kyūshū ad campaign wins gold, bronze, silver Cannes Lions awards

On 2011.06.23, JR Kyūshū's "phantom" All-Kyūshū Wave CM for the Kyūshū Shinkansen opening, produced by Dentsū, received gold, bronze, and silver awards at the Cannes Lions Festival, which recognizes creativity in advertising and communication. Specifically, the campaign won a gold award in the outdoor category, a silver in the media category, and a bronze in the film category. The railway has so far continued to refrain from airing the commercial on TV after the earthquake and tsunami, but there already millions of hits on YouTube as people have been posting versions there.

Here’s the latest in JR Kyūshū's CMs for the Shinkansen, part of the Jackson 5 series.


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New JR West’s CMs for the opening, from April:



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Old July 5th, 2011, 08:47 PM   #865
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Tōyō Tire & Rubber establishes JV in China for rubber railway components
http://www.toyo-rubber.co.jp/english.../110705_2.html

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Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. (President: Kenji Nakakura, hereinafter Toyo Tires) will establish a new company called “Wuxi Toyo Meifeng Rubber Products Manufacturing Co., Ltd.” (tentative business name) in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, China, to manufacture and distribute parts for railway vehicles (air springs and anti-vibration rubber), through a merger with Wuxi Meifeng Rubber Products Manufacturing Co., Ltd. The signing ceremony was held today, whereby the two firms executed the basic agreement to establish the merger company.

Because railway transport is low in carbon dioxide emission yet highly efficient in mobilizing people and goods, there is a trend worldwide toward making greater use of railways as a means of transportation with the least strain on the environment.

China in particular is making great strides in economic development, with its domestic GDP rapidly growing to the second largest in the world. As the transportation infrastructure which supports this growth, the railroads are being expanded and route extensions planned at a rapid pace. In subways which are the urban means of transport, new rail lines are being opened at a rate of 20 cities every year. Further, in the high-speed railways which connect the major cities, the Beijing-Shanghai line has opened its full service in June of this year, and by 2020 a total extension of 16,000 kilometers are being projected.

Moreover, the Chinese government has announced that a total of more than 5 Trillion Yuan RMB (approximately 65 Trillion Yen) will be invested in the mid-term and long-term railway network plan. The logistics network with China’s neighboring countries through the railway network is being planned at a steady rate.

Toyo Tires has more than 50 years of proven track record and reliability in developing and supplying anti-vibration rubber components for railway vehicles (air springs, anti-vibration rubber, etc.), which make possible the comfort and speed sought after in rail transportation. Toyo Tires has supplied not only to the long-standing railway lines of the various Japan Rail Group of companies, but also to the state-of-the-art “N-700” family of bullet trains in Japan. Moreover, the extent of Toyo Tires’ supply chain is expanding, from domestic Japan and globally to other regions such as Europe, North America and China.

Meifeng Rubber possesses a high degree of technical prowess in brake pressure films and sealing materials for railway vehicles, and has an established sales network in China’s railroad market.

Within the rapid market growth of the railway business, the two firms’ prospects have coincided. Toyo Tires has been working to advance its business into China’s railway market which is undergoing spectacular growth, and Meifeng Rubber has been seeking to start a new business within the same market. The dovetailing of these goals has led to the establishment of a new company for railway vehicle parts, through this merger.

The new business model which will be established through the fusion of the firms’ technological prowess, robust branding and sales strength will contribute to the further development and business expansion for both firms. It is thought that this may contribute not only to the railroad business in China, but to the modal shift taking place within the current of worldwide social change.

Summary of the Merger Company (as planned)
Business Name: Wuxi Toyo Meifeng Rubber Products Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (tentative name)
Location: Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China
Capital: 5 Million USD
Equity Percentage: Toyo Tires 51%, Meifeng Rubber 49%
Number of Officers: Toyo Tires 3 Officers, Meifeng Rubber 2 Officers
Number of Employees: 50 Employees
Date of Establishment: October 2011
Date of Production: June 2012
Sales Plan: 100 Million Yuan RMB (approximately 1.2 Billion Yen) *As of March 2015

Toyo Tires
Business Name: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
Location: 1-17-18 Edobori, Nishi-ku, Osaka City, Osaka-fu
Capital: 30,484,000,000 Yen
Representative: Kenji Nakakura (Representative Director and President)
Nature of Business: Automobile tires, automobile parts, industrial rubber and plastic products, soft and hard urethane products, waterproof sheets, seat cushions, etc.
Established: 1945

Meifeng Rubber
Business Name: Wuxi Meifeng Rubber Products Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Location: No. 1 Huaji Road, Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China
Capital: 5 Million Yuan RMB
Representative: Cao Xin
Nature of Business: Manufacture and distribution of rubbers for railroads, automobiles and home appliances
Established: 1957

Photo Left : Toyo Tires Director, Takashi Ichikawa (General Manager of Divertech Business)
Photo Right : Meifeng Rubber Chairman, Mr. Cao Xin



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Old July 5th, 2011, 11:52 PM   #866
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Hayabusa Gran Class

For those who don't want to fork over the cash, a nice leisurely evening ride in the Hayabusa's Gran Class from Tōkyō to Sendai. Whisper quiet (both running noise and passengers), next to no vibration.


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Old July 8th, 2011, 07:21 AM   #867
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JR East E657 series testing

A little late on this, but Unit K1, the first unit of the new limited express sets for the Jōban Line, has been out for testing. On 2011.05.27, JR East tested the train on the Katsuta – Ueno section of the Jōban Line. Cars No. 1 through 5 of this unit were manufactured by Kinki Sharyō in Ōsaka, while Cars No. 6 through 10 were manufactured by Hitachi in Yamaguchi.

Scenes at Ueno and Hitachino Ushiku.
Music horn @ 1:55 and standard horn @ 5:28. As the train departs Ueno, you can also see the WiMAX units installed on the roof of the cars.


Source: tobu2181 on YouTube

Scenes at Abiko, Kita-Senju, and Kita-Matsudo.
Standard horn + whistle @ 1:43.


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Old July 8th, 2011, 07:22 AM   #868
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New Tōbu CM

New CM for Tōbu Railway began airing 2011.07.08.
Promotes the Spacia limited express service from Tōkyō to the Nikkō / Kinugawa area, the foundation of Tōbu's tourism business. At the end, they also slip in news about the Tōkyō Sky Tree, the new broadcast and observation tower (and tallest structure in Japan) that the railway is building near Oshiage in Sumida Ward, Tōkyō. Theme song is Chiheisen made (“To the Horizon”) by Yūko Andō.

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Old July 8th, 2011, 10:28 AM   #869
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JR East E657 series testing

A little late on this, but Unit K1, the first unit of the new limited express sets for the Jōban Line, has been out for testing. On 2011.05.27, JR East tested the train on the Katsuta – Ueno section of the Jōban Line. Cars No. 1 through 5 of this unit were manufactured by Kinki Sharyō in Ōsaka, while Cars No. 6 through 10 were manufactured by Hitachi in Yamaguchi.
Out of curiosity, why is manufacturing done by two companies? Who developed the train in the first place?
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Old July 8th, 2011, 10:41 AM   #870
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I believe most trains are designed/planned by most railway companies own R&D groups and contracted out to a manufacturer or manufacturers.
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I believe most trains are designed/planned by most railway companies own R&D groups and contracted out to a manufacturer or manufacturers.
Yea, I kind of assumed that may be the case after I read the post...but it still seems odd to me to have one company build half a train set in one part of the country and another company build the second half someplace else. Why not tell each company to build a certain amount of complete sets?
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Old July 9th, 2011, 11:52 AM   #872
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A couple of possible reasons come to mind:

First is trying to optimize production levels vs. capacity. One of the manufacturers, perhaps Hitachi, may simply have been too busy to effectively handle more cars. If Kinki Sharyō is a little light, it may have worked out better to have them take half of the first unit. Although I think Kinki Sharyō is also pretty busy, too, so maybe they were both busy and agreed it would be best to split the first unit.

This is what Kinki Sharyō has produced so far this year… Seems perhaps a little less busy, as I think the Dallas LRV order is now complete, but those are small trains, so I think they are still doing well.

2011.06.16 Hanshin Electric Railway 1000 series (commuter EMU)
2011.06.09 JR West 287 series (limited express)
2011.05.31 Hanshin Electric Railway 1000 series
2011.05.26 Ōsaka Municipal Transportation Bureau 31 series (commuter EMU)
2011.05.17 JR West 225 series (outer-suburban EMU)
2011.05.10 JR West 287 series
2011.04.14 JR West 225 series
2011.04.07 JR West 287 series
2011.03.17 Ōsaka Municipal Transportation Bureau 25 series refurbish (commuter EMU)
2011.03.03 JR West 287 series
2011.02.23 Cairo Metro Line 3 (commuter EMU)
2011.02.09 Ōsaka Municipal Transportation Bureau 10 series refurbish (commuter EMU)
2011.01.30 Cairo Metro Line 3
2011.01.18 JR Kyūshū N700-8000 series (Shinkansen)
2011.01.18 JR West 225 series
Source: http://www.kinkisharyo.co.jp/ja/spec.../tnumber01.htm

Another reason may be to allow the manufacturers to test specific equipment or production methods in case they want to make some minor modifications for the rest of the units.

Plus, there is the general tendency to tap multiple manufacturers when producing a large-volume order. JR East does this a lot, as they often manufacture commuter EMUs in-house at their Niitsu facility, but to smooth out their production levels, they’ll also bring in Tōkyū Car in Yokohama and Kawasaki in Kōbe to manufacture additional cars or sets. Same train series, but different manufacturers. They did this with the E233 series for the Tōkyō area.

Spreading the order out also has some cost benefits by increasing the competition for orders and benefits in redundancy in case of natural disaster or other unforeseen problem… The recent earthquake proved the importance of redundancy when Hitachi was forced to temporarily suspend production of seemingly insignificant carbon brushes, sending JR West scrambling to cut train services to ensure it had enough brushes in stock to last a few months.

In any event, I have a hunch that you will eventually see both Hitachi and Kinki Sharyō producing full 10-car sets individually.
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Japanese teams begin feasibility studies high-speed trains in India
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VADODARA: A delegation from Japan was in the city on Wednesday to explore the feasibility of semi high-speed rail development in the country. The delegation's visit to the Vadodara railway division comes on the background of the decision of Indian Railways to consider increasing the speed of trains from the existing 160 kilometres per hour (Kmph) to 200 Kmph on Delhi-Mumbai route.

Vadodara railway division is set to become the hub of all the studies that will be carried out by Japan government's delegation as the Ratlam-Surat zone is being taken as a sample zone to conduct feasibility study of semi high speed rail development in the country. The feasibility study will cover the existing 1,400-km Delhi-Mumbai corridor via Mathura, Kota, Ratlam, Vadodara and Surat.

Vadodara railway division is set to become the hub of all the studies that will be carried out by Japan government's delegation as the Ratlam-Surat zone is being taken as a sample zone to conduct feasibility study of semi high speed rail development in the country. The feasibility study will cover the existing 1,400-km Delhi-Mumbai corridor via Mathura, Kota, Ratlam, Vadodara and Surat.
http://www.mumbaimirror.com/article/...-Rajdhani.html

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The Rajdhani Express covers the 1,384-km distance between Mumbai and Delhi in 16 hours, at an average speed of 90 kmph. Imagine the journey time reduced by half, and the train scorching the tracks at 200 kmph.

This could be a reality, with some help from economists from Japan. A delegation of top Japanese economists conducted a survey of the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani corridor recently, to check the feasibility of a project aimed at enhancing the speed of trains to about 200 kmph.

Railway sources said the project, called Golden Rail Corridor, intends to bring travel time between Mumbai and Delhi under nine hours.

"We believe semi-high speed rail corridors are a better option compared to the more ambitious high-speed and bullet train proposals which are outrageously costly, and will take far longer to build," the source said.

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Railway Ministry Chief Spokesperson Anil Saxena said the Japanese delegation had several rounds of talks with Railway Board officials in Delhi on Friday afternoon. Another team of railway experts from Japan is expected next month for another survey, an official said.

The Japanese team visited Baroda, Surat and Mumbai. A senior Railway official said, "They reached Baroda on Tuesday evening, where they inspected the locomotive shed and repairing facilities. The next day, railway establishments at Surat were studied, followed by track inspections from Surat to Mumbai."

The delegation collected data such as passenger statistics, population, technical capabilities of trains, tracks and the number of workshops.

"The team will submit a report to the Railway Ministry and to the Japanese government on why Japan should be granting loans to Indian Railways for the project," the official said.

Chief Administrative Officer, Western Railway (construction) Subodh Jain confirmed the developments but refused put a time frame on the project.

In her tenure as Railway Minister, Mamata Bannerjee had announced the pre-feasibility study for the Mumbai-Delhi corridor. She said that similar studies would be conducted for semi-high speed lines between Mumbai and Kolkata, and for the Chennai-Bangalore, Delhi-Jaipur, and Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridors.
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Old July 17th, 2011, 02:24 AM   #874
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Making of the 0 series Shinkansen

Someone was nice enough to upload this 35-minute movie made by Nippon Sharyō in August 1964, describing the design and manufacture process for the first Shinkansen train, the 0 series. Enjoy! (although it will probably be taken down soon)
Source: PANORAMA2268 on YouTube

Part 1
Starts with the design process and assembly of the car body, including welding all the pieces together. Also some scenes of them going back and correcting distortion and warping in the car body after the welding. The car frame is then transported by traverse to the abrasive blaster to remove rust. The body is then covered in rust-inhibiting paint and sent to be tested for air-tightness using the same standards as for airplanes.



Part 2
Starts with manufacture of bogies. The welded bogie frame is then lifted by gantry crane to the X-ray inspection area. Units that fail the inspection are sent back to be corrected, one spot at a time. After x-ray inspection is a check of the dimensions of the bogie. Next, the bearings and axle box are washed in high-pressure kerosene to prevent foreign material from becoming embedded. The cleaned components are brought to a quarantined area of the plant where they are assembled into complete axles. The completed axles are then assembled together with the Shinkansen’s special diaphragm-type air springs, IS-type axle box suspension, and parallel Cardan drives with flexible couplings. The assembled bogie is then brought in for load tests to inspect and adjust the amount of deflection before completion. Last scene is of the car body, where they inject polyurethane and install glass wool inside the car body to ensure proper air, sound, and temperature insulation.



Part 3
Starts with the wiring for the lighting, AC, motors, and other equipment. Equipment passing through the car floor is equipped with seals to ensure the air-tightness of the train. Following scenes show installation of various components including the couplers, waste storage tanks, dashboard, automatic train control (ATC), special air-tight windows, wireless / ATC antennas, pantographs, high-voltage cubicle switchboards, AC units, seats, and the guards at the front of the train, formed of five 16-mm thick steel plates. Next is the final paint job in the temperature-controlled paint booth and final assembly, followed by electrical, air pressure, axle load, and water leakage tests.



Bonus vids:

First, a famous remix of some of the footage of this movie by a railfan. However, I must say that all the arcing at the end makes me appreciate how much the techonology has come…


Source: InuyashiKnight on YouTube

Another railfan-produced PV before the retirement of the series in 2008. This one also has some footage borrowed from the movie.


Source: Lancamento2006 on YouTube
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Old July 17th, 2011, 06:07 AM   #875
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Hey guys, I went for walk around Tokyo yesterday and snapped a few Shinkansen pics:

Near Yurakucho Station. The Tokyo International Forum is in the background which, by the way, is an awesome piece of architecture. Check it out if you're in Tokyo; you can watch the Shinkansen pass by at the same time!






A Dr. Yellow trainset! Lucky day I guess...


Dr. Yellow is a test train; there are no commercial passengers:
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Old July 18th, 2011, 09:38 AM   #876
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Nice pictures.
Love the urbanity.

I believe the Doctor Yellow unit only runs about once every 10 days per direction, so pretty lucky.

More clips of Doctor Yellow:


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Iwashita to expand into Chinese market with machinery for railcar production
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Machinery manufacturer Iwashita (HQ: Fukui City; President: Iwashita Haruyuki) will expand its sales reach in the Chinese market. Starting this autumn, the company will begin marketing machinery to process materials used for aluminum railcar bodies and other products, and is considering establishing a local office to double as a service hub. Iwashita judged that new demand could be expected for provision of railcars. Including processing machinery for the semiconductor industry that the company has already shipped out, Iwashita will gradually increase its share of revenues from foreign markets, focusing on China.

The company will market long-sized NC processing machines, targeting Chinese railcar manufacturers. The machines cut aluminum sheets to a high precision, and can process materials as large as eight meters in length. The cost is ¥15 million to ¥50 million. Iwashita has already sold the machines to domestic manufacturers of railway components.

The company will set up a booth at a machinery-related trade fair to be held in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province in early September. The company will market its products to Chinese railcar manufacturers through a local subsidiary of a domestic manufacturer that has already penetrated the Chinese market. Iwashita has already received several enquiries, and is aiming to win its first order before the end of the year.

“German-made machinery is frequently used by Chinese manufacturers,” says Director Iwashita Daisuke, but Iwashita will actively publicize that its machinery is designed specifically for railcar production. The company will not only change machinese specifications to meet client’s requests, but will also produce special orders to design machinery from scratch.

After winning its first contract, the company plans to open an office doubling as a service and business hub in northern China, and is considering the area around Shenyang City, where there is a concentration of railcar companies.

The railway network in China continues to expand, with the high-speed railway linking Beijing and Shanghai opening in late June. The required precision for new railcars is high, and Iwashita believes it can expand its market reach by focusing particularly on big-name rolling stock manufacturers. In the near future, the company aims to sell seven to eight units a year.

Iwashita has already shipped precision grinders for use in semiconductor manufacturing to a manufacturer in Shenzhen in southern China. The company will specialize its local marketing structure, with railway-related products in northern China and semiconductors in southern China.

Iwashita’s revenues for the fiscal year ending March 2011 were approx. ¥800 million, with sales in China and other foreign markets representing only a little over 10 percent of total revenues. If sales efforts in China proceed according to plans, the company also plans entering other regions where expansion in the railway industry can be anticipated, such as the United States and southeastern Asia. The company will increase its revenues from foreign markets to about 40 percent within five years.
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JR East to establish consulting arm for overseas rail projects
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2011...167841000.html

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With the competition to win orders for high-speed rail orders in overseas markets becoming more fierce, JR East and others have finalized a plan to establish a consulting firm to propose master plans for overseas railway projects in an effort to gain a leg up in negotiations early on.

Among overseas high-speed rail projects, JR East is proposing to export Shinkansen technology for a project in California (United States), and Japanese firms are also aiming to win orders in Vietnam and Brazil. However, firms from Korea, China, France, and other countries have also announced their intention to bid on these projects, and the competition has grown fierce. As a result, JR East and others have finalized plans to establish a consulting firm to propose master plans for overseas railways, in an effort to gain an advantage early on in the negotiations process for overseas high-speed railway projects. Specifically, the consulting firm would receive requests from foreign countries and other entities, and perform analysis for high-speed and urban railways, determining appropriate locations for route alignments and stations and estimating construction costs. Other railway companies would invest in the consulting firm, and trading companies and railcar manufacturers would also cooperate on the personnel side and in other aspects. The hope is to put a united “Japan Inc.” front and participate in projects from an early stage, with the hope of giving Japanese firms a leg up in winning contracts overseas.
The NHK article also has a video report:
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2011...167841000.html
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Old July 18th, 2011, 10:02 AM   #879
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Iwashita has already shipped precision grinders for use in semiconductor manufacturing to a manufacturer in Shenzhen in southern China. The company will specialize its local marketing structure, with railway-related products in northern China and semiconductors in southern China.
I know firms like Iwashita have to expand overseas in the face of a shrinking domestic market, but I hope they are safeguarding their knowhow and looking at the possible effects of their sales in the long term (see KHI's experience with the CRH2). I have worked in the semiconductor industry, and the machinery used to make those products is highly specialized and extremely expensive (a fab plant cost billions to build). As Japan is a high cost production nation, its only advantage is the knowledge its workers and engineers possess- the "monozukuri" culture has to be nurtured and protected.
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Yeah, we'll have to see how the patent situation turns out... I still think it's a little blown out of proportions, but Kawasaki and Japanese firms in general would be smart to protect their interests. Then again, they didn't offer their latest technologies to China anyways (e.g., tilting mechanism), only an older-generation of trains (now almost 15 years old).

Regarding mono-zukuri, to some extent I think appreciation and recognition of craftsmanship is a cultural thing. There is definitely pride in producing things in Japan, and it helps explain why you can have mom-and-pop industrial workshops dotted throughout the urban landscape of Japanese cities (the so-called 町工場 machi-kōba) producing all types of products, even components for Shinkansen. I sometimes have to ask myself how these little family outfits manage to survive, but it's clear the people who work there are very passionate about their work.
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