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Old January 30th, 2010, 06:35 AM   #821
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PASMO expands to Takao Tozan Railway
http://www.keio.co.jp/news/update/ne...v04/index.html

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Takao Tozan Railway Co., Ltd. (HQ: Hachiōji City, Tōkyō Prefecture; President: Ōno Akira) and Keiō Corporation (HQ: Tama City, Tōkyō Prefecture; President: Nagata Tadashi) will begin accepting transport-based IC card PASMO for the purchase of tickets for the cable car and lift operated by Takao Tozan Railway at ticket windows starting Saturday, January 23. Use of PASMO at automatic ticket machines is scheduled to start in early February.

As a result, customers with PASMO cards will now be able to purchase tickets smoother than before.

Mt. Takao is a valuable treasury of nature, home to approx. 1,300 species of plants, as well as numerous rare wildlife that depend on them. When visiting, we encourage you to use PASMO on the environmentally-friendly Keiō Line, cable car, and lift. In addition, passengers can also use a Suica card.

Takao Tozan Railway and Keiō Electric Railway will continue to expand locations where PASMO is accepted and are working steadfastly to develop PASMO-affiliated services to increase the attractiveness of Mt. Takao and the convenience for our passengers.
Takao Tozan Railway operates cable car and lift operations on Mt. Takao. Keiō Electric Railway has a large stake in the company, and Mt. Takao is one of the largest attractions on the Keiō network. Keiō’s main ad campaign is centered on Mt. Takao (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=218).
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Old January 30th, 2010, 06:36 AM   #822
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Slime mold experiment replicates Greater Tōkyō railway network
http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi...ull/2010/121/1

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If you want to design a railway system, you could do worse than hire a slime mold. Researchers have shown that, when grown on a map of Japan, the gelatinous, funguslike organism connects points of interest in a pattern similar to Tokyo's train network. Engineers might be able to take a cue from the organism's approach to design more-efficient transportation systems.

The trick has to do with how slime molds eat. When Physarum polycephalum, a slime mold often found inside decaying logs, discovers bacteria or spores, it grows over them and begins to digest them through its body. To continue growing and exploring, the slime mold transforms its Byzantine pattern of thin tendrils into a simpler, more-efficient network of tubes: Those carrying a high volume of nutrients gradually expand, while those that are little used slowly contract and eventually disappear.

Researchers have harnessed this behavior to amusing effect in the past. In 2000, for example, a team led by mathematical biologist Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Hokkaido University in Japan, showed that P. polycephalum could find the shortest path through a maze to connect two food resources. (The work won an Ig Nobel prize.)

But that was a puzzle with a single correct solution. In the new work, the team wanted to know how the mold would perform in a real-world situation in which several competing objectives had to be balanced at once. Designing a railway network that connects many cities presents just such a problem. "The planning is very difficult because of the tradeoffs," says cell biologist Mark Fricker of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, who was also involved in the research. For example, connecting all cities by the shortest possible length of track often compels travelers to take highly indirect routes between any two points and can mean that a single failure isolates a large part of the network. Building in more redundancy makes the network more convenient and more resilient, but at a higher cost.

Because they couldn't mathematically determine a "perfect" solution, the researchers decided to task the slime mold with a problem human designers had already tackled. They placed oat flakes (a slime mold favorite) on agar plates in a pattern that mimicked the locations of cities around Tokyo and impregnated the plates with P. polycephalum at the point representing Tokyo itself. They then watched the slime mold grow for 26 hours, creating tendrils that interconnected the food supplies.

Different plates exhibited a range of solutions, but the visual similarity to the Tokyo rail system was striking in many of them, the researchers report in tomorrow's issue of Science. Where the slime mold had chosen a different solution, its alternative was just as efficient.

If researchers could construct a computer model of the slime mold's behavior, says Fricker, it might help engineers design better transportation networks. "The idea would be that, if one put it into a new context, a system using these rules would build a network that ought to have respectable properties."

The work is "a very interesting example of how biology can inspire new methods in technological design," says Melanie Mitchell, a computer scientist at Portland State University in Oregon. But she's not quite ready to jump on the slime mold express. "This paper uses only one relatively simple example," she cautions. "It's not obvious that similar experiments would work as well for matching other transport networks."

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Old January 30th, 2010, 06:37 AM   #823
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Asakusa Station department store downsizes
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/to...402000061.html

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Matsuya Asakusa, which has become famous as the terminal department store for Asakusa Station on the Tōbu Isesaki Line, will be downsizing its sales floor area as a result of troubling performance, and many customers have expressed their anxiety at the news. The department store will start anew in the spring with only 40 percent of the current floor space, but no one knows whether the move will be a boon or bust for the store. A portion of the floors to be downsized at the end of February began a warehouse clearance sale on January 13.

At the household goods area on the sixth floor, which will be eliminated at the end of February, a woman (75yo) from Mukōjima, Sumida Ward who had purchased mugs, was saddened at the news. “It’s really convenient for shopping, since I can take one direct train here. Now I have to go all the way to department stores in central Tōkyō, which is a little inconvenient for me.”

During the first day of the clearance, the sales floor was crowded with customers. Some products were being sold at half the regular price, and the store’s sales manager commented that the crowds were twice the size on a typical day.

A female office worker (28yo) said, “It’s been really convenient when I needed to do some quick shopping. I used to go with my boss to the beer garden on the top floor all the time, but I wonder what will happen to it now.”

After opening as the Kantō Region’s first terminal department store at the beginning of the Shōwa era in 1931, the store prospered through the decades with 19,000 sq m of floor space, but has been struggling in recent years.

According to the General Affairs Department at Matsuya headquarters, the store will eliminate the fourth floor (women’s wear and jewelry), fifth floor (men’s formal wear and purses), and sixth floor (bedding and other items), but will continue with a focus on food, clothing, and general goods on the remaining three floors. The department says they are aiming to make the store a convenient place to shop for tourists visiting the area and the Tōkyō Sky Tree, which is scheduled to open in two years.

The building housing the department store is leased by Matsuya and is part of Asakusa Station, the terminal for the Tōbu Isesaki Line. The third floor and down is owned by Tōbu Railway, while the fourth floor and above are owned by a Tōbu Railway group company.

A use for the top floors of the department store to be discontinued has yet to be determined. Spokespersons for Tōbu Railway, which was surprised to hear of the department store’s downsizing, said worriedly, “We’ll need to consider how we want to use the space after Matsuya moves out.”
Some pictures of Tōbu Asakusa Station. Daily entries and exits are 54,400 (2008).
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Old January 30th, 2010, 06:38 AM   #824
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Local architects seek to preserve history of Isesaki Station
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/gun...OYT8T00174.htm

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In an effort to preserve the memories of the Isesaki Station building in the hearts and minds of local residents, the Isesaki Urban Design Research Group (Representative Chairman: Kurihara Akinori), composed of architects in Isesaki City, is planning events incorporating paper models of the station building and urban walks around the station and surrounding neighborhood. The old Isesaki Station building is set to be demolished by the summer of this year. The research group says, “We want people to see the history of their neighborhood through the years, and hope to spark an opportunity for everyone to think about urban design and planning into the future.”

The event is targeted at local parents and children and will be held in late February. The research group has prepared special kits on its own and will have participants construct paper models of the station building. The urban walks will begin at Isesaki Station and stop at various historical architecture spots along the way, including the Isesaki Meijikan (completed in 1912) and the old clock tower (completed in 1916).

Isesaki Station, which is served by both the JR Ryōmō Line and Tōbu Isesaki Line, was completed in 1889 with the opening of the Ryōmō Line. The station was constructed as a wood-frame one-story building in Japanese-style architecture, but after expansion in 1934, was converted to the current Western-style architecture. The second floor of the station constructed as part of the expansion program was designed as a guestroom for important visitors to the station. Chairman Kurihara (52) says, “As demand for locally-produced Isesaki silk fabric increased, ridership also increased. The station is the face of the city, and it’s story is the modern history of Isesaki City.”

The research group began in 2003 to research and make active use of Isesaki’s regional character through historic architecture and urban design, and is composed of 13 members. Up until now, the group has conducted studies at the Aikawa Archeological Museum, which features tearooms from the late Edo period, and developed tourist maps containing information about the history of the neighborhoods surrounding Isesaki Station and restaurants specializing in local cuisine. After learning that the current station would be demolished as part of the construction of a new station building in conjunction with the elevation of the rail lines, the research group crafted this special event program.

Chairman Kurihara remarked, “Historic architecture and townscapes play important roles in preserving memories in the hearts and minds of local residents. For us as humans, memories of the past are critical in deciding how we want to live our lives in the future. We could say the same thing for cities.”
I posted some pictures of this project here:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=692
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Old January 30th, 2010, 06:38 AM   #825
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Singal priority / preemption coming for Narita / Haneda airport buses
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/...501000730.html

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On January 15, the Tōkyō Metropolitan Government and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) finalized a plan to introduce a traffic signal priority and preemption system for coach buses linking the airports at Haneda and Narita with major terminal stations and hotels in central Tōkyō. The system is targeted for introduction this October, when the new runway at Haneda Airport opens for service and regular international flights begin to use the airport, helping to improve the convenience of coach buses, many of whose riders are foreigners.

The signal priority and preemption systems will be introduced for coach buses operating in the following three areas:
  • JR Shinjuku Station and surrounding hotels
  • Hotels in the Rinkai Fukutoshin (Waterfront New City Center) and Takeshiba district
  • JR Kameari Station and the eastern areas of the 23 wards area
The introduction of the signal priority and preemption system is expected to reduce travel time by as much as 10 to 20 minutes during congested periods. After evaluating the effectiveness of the system, the Metropolitan Government will gradually expand the system to other routes.

The signal system allows signal equipment at intersections and other locations to detect information being transmitted by approaching buses, extending the green phase or reducing the red phase at signals downstream to improve the flow of buses. The system has already been implemented on several fixed-route buses inside Tōkyō Prefecture.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 06:39 AM   #826
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Seaside Line may get a break on debt from Yokohama
http://mytown.asahi.com/kanagawa/new...00001001220005

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Yokohama City has finalized a plan to write off ¥2.5 billion in unpaid debt owed by Seaside Line new transit system operator Yokohama New Transit. Up until now the city had deferred the debt. The agreement is such that after Yokohama New Transit pays ¥2.5 billion to the city, the city will reinvest ¥2.5 billion in the company. The move will offset the unpaid debt without the movement of funds. The Yokohama Citizens’ Ombudsman has criticized the move, saying, “In the end, it’s just a stopgap measure using tax money. The citizens will never agree to this.”

Yokohama New Transit is an auxiliary organization of Yokohama City, not directly affiliated with municipal government yet receiving financing from it. The company was established in 1983, with the city financing ¥3.9 billion, approximately half, of the total capital.

The ¥2.5 billion in question now is interest on ¥10 billion in interest-bearing loans provided by the company when the Seaside Line was constructed, at the cost of approx. ¥65 billion. The line opened in 1989, but has been in the red as a result of struggling ridership.

As a result, the city deferred interest payments in 1995, and forfeited its claims to additional interest money in 1999, but the unpaid interest accumulated up until that period had reached ¥2.5 billion, and has yet to be paid.

Starting in FY2002, Yokohama New Transit began posting annual operating surpluses of several hundred million yen, but still bears ¥14.7 billion in debt payments, including the ¥2.5 billion in question now.

The city’s decision to write off the ¥2.5 billion comes after news that Yokohama New Transit must assemble ¥5.7 billion in new capital from private financial institutions in order to replace aging rolling stock. The operator is still insolvent on ¥2.1 billion of debt, and without eliminating it, the operator may be in the difficult position of being unable to borrow money from private sources.

The Yokohama Road & Highway Bureau says, “We can resolve the insolvency without additional public expenditure on the part of the city. I hope we can work towards financial stabilization for the company.”

Atty. Morita Akira, representative secretary of the Yokohama Citizens’ Ombudsman, points out, “This is manipulation only on the surface, when really, all they’ve done is forfeited the interest. It’s a stopgap measure using tax money.” Morita says, “Without a long-term financial plan, the citizens will never agree to this.”

In its preliminary budget for FY2010, the city plans to include the ¥2.5 billion in investment towards Yokohama New Transit.
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Seibu Railway turns to goats for “green” track maintenance
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/sai...OYT8T01124.htm

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At Musashi Yokote Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line in Hidaka City, two goats are the official groundskeepers for approx. 5,000 sq m of open space bordering the tracks. Seibu Railway began keeping the goats in August 2009 to graze on the grass in place of lawnmowers, and their cute appearance has endeared them to train passengers.

There is one male and one female goat, named Sora and Midori, respectively. In June 2009, an employee in the railway’s engineering department, which is responsible for track maintenance, proposed using goats to cut grass instead of a staffed workforce. The railway took charge of two goats born on a farm in Gunma Prefecture, and began keeping them inside a specially-made pen starting in early August.

While staff are off surveying the tracks, the goats are placed in areas with heavy grass and put to graze. Every year, weeds grow waist-high in the summer, and it originally took four or five employees several days twice a year to remove them. Last year, however, the workers didn’t need to do any work. According to estimates by the railway, they expect to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 176 kg annually by not using mowing machines.

The goats are also popular at stations and among local residents. Farmer Ishimori Satarō (80yo), who lives nearby, said, “It’s become extremely hard to make a living, but even having these animals around brings some comfort. There’s a lot of people who watch them from the platforms or from inside trains.”

Fujino Mitsuaki, chief of the railway’s Hannō Track Maintenance Office, said, “None of us have ever raised goats, and we had to do a bit of research on our own on through the Internet, but they’re doing just fine. They have an endearing character that makes them very popular among our passengers.”
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Old January 30th, 2010, 06:40 AM   #828
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Seibu to offer special Seibu – Tōkyō Metro PASMO commuter pass
http://www.seibu-group.co.jp/railway...ushu_teiki.pdf

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Beginning Thursday, April 1, 2010, Seibu Railway Co., Ltd. (HQ: Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture; President: Gotō Takashi) will begin offering a new combined Seibu – Tōkyō Metro PASMO commuter pass (special connecting commuter pass) that allows passengers to board trains on either of the following two alternative routes between Ikebukuro Station and stations on the Seibu Lines west of Nerima Station (excepting a portion of stations):
  • via Kotake – Mukaihara Station
  • via Seibu Ikebukuro Station
After comments and requests from our customers, we will begin offering this special PASMO commuter pass, which is valid in both directions and allows passengers to use either the Kotake – Mukaihara Station route or the Seibu Ikebukuro Station route without the need to worry about fare calculation. The program will also increase the convenience of through-service trains between Seibu Railway and Tōkyō Metro.

When purchasing a PASMO commuter pass through this service between Tokorozawa Station and Tōkyō Metro Shibuya Station, for example, passengers can board a Shibuya-bound direct-service Tōkyō Metro Fukutoshin Line train from Tokorozawa Station on the first leg of the trip, without the need to transfer. On the return trip, passengers from Tōkyō Metro Shibuya Station can get off at the Fukutoshin Line’s Ikebukuro Station to do shopping, and afterwards take an express departing from Seibu Ikebukuro Station to return to Tokorozawa Station.
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JR East launches mobile phone information trial at Ueno
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2009/20100105.pdf

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As part of our research into providing information to customers using our stations and trains, JR East will conduct a trial information service at Ueno Station that combines mobile phones and an information space known as “Break” to be located outside the Central Gate at Ueno Station.

As part of the trial, a new portal site for mobile phone users called Ueno Channel will be opened, offering information about the Ueno area anytime and anywhere. In addition, live talk programs about the Ueno area held at Break will be broadcast in real-time to mobile phone users through streaming transmission technology.

Based on the level of use and feedback and from users in this trial, we hope to provide even better information to our customers.
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JR East acquires supermarket chain for station retail business
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/bus...1628031-n1.htm

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On January 26, JR East announced that it will purchase gourmet supermarket Kinokuniya. After consolidating Kinokuniya’s three group companies, the railway will purchase all the company’s stock on April 1 and convert it into a wholly-owned subsidiary. JR East has approximately ten supermarkets administered at the branch office level, primarily located in smaller metropolitan areas, but this marks the first time that the head office of the railway will enter the supermarket business. By folding Kinokuniya into its umbrella, the railway hopes to expand shops inside station retail facilities and station buildings centered in the Tōkyō area, increasing revenue in business lines outside of the transport industry.

Kinokuniya was established in 1910, opening Japan’s first supermarket in 1953 in Aoyama, Tōkyō. Kinokuniya’s three group companies, which include a gourmet supermarket chain offering high-end food products and a bakery chain, have 17 stores, three of which are located in JR East station retail facilities and station buildings.

JR East, which currently earns approximately 30 percent of its revenue from outside of the transport business, is aiming to increase that share to 40 percent by FY2017. While proceeding with station retail and station building developments primarily focused on the Tōkyō area, the railway has been attempting to strengthen its services tailored to lifestyle needs.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 06:42 AM   #831
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Nagareyama City sees influx of residents after TX
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...0017-mailo-l12

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A study by Nagareyama City has revealed that the city’s population of working-age residents is growing, in defiance of the national population aging trend. Since the August 2005 opening of the Tsukuba Express (TX) four and a half years ago, the city’s population has grown by approx. 10,000 to 161,728 as of January 1. It’s believed that the primary factor is an explosion in “Nagareyama urbanites” who commute to central Tōkyō.

According to the city, the population in the early 2000s was about 150,000, showing only minute annual growth. With the opening of the TX, three new stations—Minami-Nagareyama, Nagareyama Central Park, and Nagareyama – Ōtaka no Mori—opened inside city limits. A trip from Minami-Nagareyama Station to Akihabara Station is only 20 minutes, and the city has been witnessing an influx of residents into homes that new residential developments. The city population by age in April 2009 showed 14,151 residents aged 35 to 39, besting the 12,609 residents of the baby boomer generation (60 to 64 years of age), who had been tops for many years.

Nagareyama – Ōtaka no Mori is also directly connected to a large shopping center, and families with children have been moving into highrise residential towers surrounding the station. During the daytime, young mothers with infants stand out, while in the evening, a wave of salarymen leave the station bound for the residential towers.

Kawajiri Wakako, spokesperson for the city’s marketing section, remarked, “Of all the jurisdictions along the TX, development has been proceeding most rapidly in Nagareyama. We’re also looking to place more effort into improving the area around Nagareyama Central Park.” On the other hand, the jump in families with children means there is a risk that social capital improvements such as elementary schools may not be ready in time, and officials have their eyes glued on the urban development of Nagareyama City.
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Former Marunouchi Line livery to return
http://www.tokyometro.jp/news/2010/2010-01.html

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Tōkyō Metro (HQ: Taitō Ward, Tōkyō; President: Umezaki Hisashi) will convert the beltline design on Marunouchi Line 02 series trains to the historic sine-wave design that graced the line for 42 years, and will begin introducing the new train exterior design starting in February.

The sine-wave design had been used since the opening of the Marunouchi Line in 1954, and was widely popular for its refreshing originality. After all trains had been replaced with the new 02 series trains in 1996, the sine-wave trains disappeared from the Marunouchi Line.

For the fourteen years following, we have received comments from many passengers who want to see the livery return, and as with begin the refurbishment of our 02 series stock, Tōkyō Metro will bring back the sine-wave livery to Marunouchi Line trans.

02 series refurbishment
  • Beltline changes: The sine-wave design will make a return.
  • Interior design changes: The interior will be designed along a salmon pink color theme reminiscent of the 300 series trains which had been in use since the opening of the line.
  • Installation of interior information displays: Two 17 in-wide LCDs will be installed above each set of doors, allowing for the transmission of more information, including transfer directions and station facility information.
  • Energy efficiency improvements: Motors will be replaced with permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs), which are also scheduled to be introduced into new Chiyoda Line 16000 series units currently under construction, helping to reduce energy consumption by approx. 10 percent compared to before refurbishment.
  • Improved air-conditioning capacity: To improve passenger comfort inside trains, the AC capacity will increase from 16.3 kW to 23.3 kW (2 units) per car (starting this autumn).
The first series to receive the refurbishment and repainting, at Nakano Yard.
Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/



The interior is a faint salmon-pink, and the partitions between the seats and door area have been made larger.



The Ogikubo end cab.



Priority seating.



Tōshiba VVVF inverters.



17 in LCDs above each set of doors.



Footage of a train in the old livery arriving at Ginza (1991).


Source: lylehsaxon on YouTube

Former Marunouchi Line trains, still in this same livery, run on the Buenos Aires Subte.


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Keisei finalizes planned HQ relocation to Ichikawa City
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/ch...302000070.html

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On January 22, Keisei Electric Railway (HQ: Sumida Ward, Tōkyō; President: Hanada Tsutomu) announced that it will move its headquarters to Ichikawa City in 2013, citing one of the compelling factors as the progress made on the station redevelopment project, which will become the future headquarters of the railway. The project has faced substantial delays as a result of opposition from a portion of the landowners, but by the end of last year, all landowners had come to an agreement and the project began moving forward again.

The railway will move into the Moto-Yawata A District Type No. 1 Urban Redevelopment Project outside Keisei Yawata Station in Yawata 3-chōme, Ichikawa City. The redevelopment union will construct a seven-story office building.

The redevelopment project is part of central urban area redevelopment for the approx. 8.0 ha area outside JR Moto-Yawata Station’s North Exit. In addition to the office building to house Keisei headquarters, a 40-story residential highrise and four-story retail facility will also be constructed on the site, an approx. 1.4 ha parcel hemmed in by the Keisei Main Line and National Route 14. The railway is the largest landowner on the redevelopment project site, and will own the office building after completion.

The redevelopment union for the project was established in 1991, and after master plan approval in March 2006, the project received approval in May 2007. However, some landowners opposed the project and the economic situation worsened. As a result, although the redevelopment project was originally scheduled for completion in FY2010, it was effectively put on hold. In November 2009, all landowners came to an agreement and the prospects for the project have materialized.

Ichikawa City mayor Ōkubo Hiroshi welcomed the news, remarking, “I am wholeheartedly pleased that a premier, influential corporation will be moving in. It will surely lead to an image boost for Ichikawa and bring vitality to our economy.”

The residential highrise and office building will begin construction in FY2010 and are scheduled for completion in FY2013. The retail facility is scheduled to break ground in FY2013 and be completed in FY2015.
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Residential highrise and retail facility


Source: Ichikawa City

Office building (future Keisei HQ)


Source: Keisei Electric Railway

Keisei Yawata is a semi-major station on the Keisei Main Line, with 32,200 daily entries and exits (2008). All Main Line trains stop at the station, with the exception of Keisei’s “liner” limited expresses. The station is a short walk away from Moto-Yawata Station on the Chūō-Sōbu Local Line and the Toei Subway Shinjuku Line.
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Mitsubishi Electric continues expansion into Chinese market
http://news.searchina.ne.jp/disp.cgi...0113_076.shtml

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On January 13, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TYO: 6503) announced that it has agreed to provide train electrical equipment for the Beijing Subway Changping Line to China’s Beijing MTR Construction Administration Corporation, together with Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co., Ltd.

The Beijing Subway Changping Line is one of five lines scheduled to open in 2010, stretching to the Changping District in northwestern Beijing.

Both Mitsubishi Electric and Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric accepted orders of variable-voltage variable-frequency (VVVF) inverter drives, traction motors, and auxiliary power supply equipment, as well as environmentally-friendly regenerative braking systems that can reduce energy consumption.

Similar to the orders for electrical equipment for Beijing Subway Line 8 accepted last July, the main devices will be manufactured at Mitsubishi’s Itami Plant, and after frame manufacturing and procurement of accessory items by Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric, the final assembly and testing will occur at Mitsubishi and Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric’s joint venture Zhuzhou Shiling Transportation Equipment Co., Ltd. The products will be shipped out starting May 2010.

Up until now, Mitsubishi Electric has been supplying train electrical equipment to customers both within Japan and overseas. In the Chinese urban transport market, in addition to Beijing Subway Lines 2 and 8, Mitsubishi Electric has supplied electrical systems to Tianjin Metro Lines 1, 2, and 3; Guangzhou Metro Lines 4 and 5; and Shenyang Metro Line 1. Beginning with the urban transport market in China, Mitsubishi Electric will now begin to expand its business worldwide, aiming to double the scale of its current production of train electrical systems for foreign markets by 2015.
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JR East station melodies

A collection of melodies in high quality.


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209 series disappears from the Keihin-Tōhoku Line / Negishi Line

Some videos of the last day (Saturday, January 24, 2010):

The last day on the Negishi Line.


Source: ayokoi on YouTube

Some clips of the last day on the Keihin-Tōhoku Line… The last clip is the last departure from Yokohama.


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The last train has finished revenue service and departs Minami-Urawa, headed back to the barn. While some of the cars have been and will be converted for use on other lines, the six-door cars will be scrapped.


Source: ITOTETSU0715 on YouTube

On January 28, the last 209 series train to be in service on the Keihin-Tōhoku Line leaves Minami-Urawa yard for the last time.


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Sneak peek at new 4-door Yamanote Line cars

These are the replacement cars for the six-door cars (Car No. 7 and Car No. 10) that will disappear from the Yamanote Line with the installation of platform doors. They look more similar to E233 cars, and one end of Car No. 10 appears to be designed for a future conversion to an end car. Perhaps when they do a complete replacement of Yamanote Line stock in the future, these will be transferred to other lines.

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Stormtrooper takes the train
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Changing trains

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Former Marunouchi Line trains, still in this same livery, run on the Buenos Aires Subte.


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The live action remake of the anime Blood: The Last Vampire was partly filmed in Argentina and uses an old Marunouchi Line train on the Subte to represent a 1970s Tokyo subway train. I'm sure you can find it on YouTube.
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Nishitetsu subsidiary bus manufacturer closes shop
http://www.asahi.com/business/update...001220014.html

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Nishi-Nippon Railroad (HQ: Fukuoka City) subsidiary and bus chassis manufacturer Nishi-Nippon Shatai Kōgyō (NSK; HQ: Kita-Kyūshū City) announced that it will dissolve on August 31 and liquidate its assets by March of next year. After orders from Nissan Diesel Motor Co. (HQ: Ageo City, Saitama Prefecture), which provided 90 percent of NSK’s contracts, dried up, the company was unable to continue its business.

Approx. 290 full-time employees will lose their jobs. In addition to approaching Nishitetsu Group and Nissan Diesel Motor about hiring the laid-off employees, the company has also asked Kita-Kyūshū City for reemployment assistance. The company will terminate contracts with 99 parts manufacturers and other subcontractors by August 31. Many of the subcontractors are firms located in Kita-Kyūshū City and Fukuoka Prefecture, and some have already cut their workforce in expectation of a drop in work.

NSK was established in 1946, and posted approx. ¥10 billion in sales for FY2009. The company’s primary work involved manufacturing approx. 900 buses annually for Nissan Diesel Motor. But since Nissan Diesel Motor will merge with Mitsubishi Fusō Truck and Bus (HQ: Kawasaki City) and consolidate bus production in Toyama City, contracts with NSK were terminated. The company attempted to find other clients, but the bus industry is reeling after a reduction in charter groups and the economic downturn, and NSK was unable to secure new orders.
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