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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:34 AM   #1181
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JR East appoints ecute Shinagawa manager as president of Kinokuniya
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/bus...2002026-n1.htm

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On April 1, JR East announced that it has appointed Kanno Ken’ya (38), manager of the ecute Shinagawa retail facility inside JR Shinagawa Station, as the president of gourmet supermarket chain Kinokuniya (HQ: Tōkyō), which the railway has purchased and made a wholly-owned subsidiary, effective April 1. This marks one of the few occasions where a candidate in his 30s has become president of a JR East subsidiary.

JR East is now looking to introduce Kinokuniya stores inside train stations in the Greater Tōkyō area, and spokespersons say the railway hopes to “make good use of Mr. Kanno’s accumulated knowhow and experiences.”

Kanno was born in Fukushima City. In April 1994, he joined JR East, becoming manager of ecute Shinagawa in September 2005, just before the facility opened.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:36 AM   #1182
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Yamanote Line platform door updates

Apparently they had installed most of the platform doors a week or so ago on the uchi-mawari (inner loop) direction at Ebisu Station. The doors are supposed to be installed on the soto-mawari (outer loop) direction by April 11.


Source: 7k4jpj on YouTube


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Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/harahara0405/

Car No. 1, Door No. 2


Source: http://ubq-brl.at.webry.info/

Some pictures from 2010.03.21:
Source: http://szh-449901.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/







For the Car No. 7 and Car No. 10 locations, you can see they haven’t even touched the platforms. Platform doors won’t be operational in these locations until they phase out all the six-door cars, so they haven’t even started the platform work yet.



Waiting to be installed…



Apparently they used regular Yamanote Line trains to transport the doors:
http://railf.jp/news/2010/03/22/144500.html
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:37 AM   #1183
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JR East announces FY2010 infrastructure investment plan
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2009/20100324.pdf

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We have recently compiled our infrastructure investment plan for FY2010.

While we are under a less than ideal economic environment, we will continue investments in infrastructure that will ensure our future growth and improve passenger safety and customer satisfaction as outlined in our JR East Group Vision 2020: Challenge business plan.

Our total planned investment in infrastructure for FY2010 is ¥380 billion, ¥20 billion above the planned investments for FY2009.

Primary infrastructure investments
  • We will begin use of platform doors at Ebisu Station and Meguro Station on the Yamanote Line, as well as making progress in safety measures, including seismic reinforcement of viaducts, implementation of ATS-P and ATS-Ps, and strategies to reduce grade crossing accidents.
  • In order to reduce the impact of equipment breakdowns on transport operations, we will replace aging equipment.
  • We will continue making preparations for the December opening of the Shin-Aomori extension of the Tōhoku Shinkansen. In addition, in late FY2010, we will introduce the E5 series high-speed Shinkansen trains operating at 300 kph, and construct a pre-mass production E6 series train for the Akita Shinkansen in preparation for a revenue start in late FY2012. Speed-up plan:
    • Late FY2010: E5 series 300 kph
    • Late FY2012: E5 series 320 kph, E5 / E6 coupled units 300 kph
    • Late FY2013: E5 / E6 coupled units 320 kph
  • Aiming for a FY2013 opening, we will continue with construction of the Tōhoku Through Line and break ground on construction of new facilities at Shinagawa Station to allow trains to turn back.
  • In addition to replacing all trains on the Narita Express with new E259 series trains, we will proceed with replacement of trains on the Keiyō Line and Jōban Local Line with E233 series trains.
  • We will open new station tenant buildings at the South Exit of Hachiōji Station and the Electric Town Exit of Akihabara Station. In addition, we will also proceed with development plans, including station improvements and station building replacement at Chiba Station and the JR Minami-Shinjuku Building (temporary name; scheduled opening in summer 2012).
  • We will increase the number of locations accepting electronic money and further expand the possibilities for using Suica.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:39 AM   #1184
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All Saikyō Line trains to receive security cameras against groping
http://www.asahi.com/national/update...004050285.html

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On April 5, JR East and Tōkyō Waterfront Area Rapid Transit (TWR) announced that they will install security cameras to prevent groping incidents on all 40 trains running on the Saikyō Line (Ōmiya – Ōsaki). Installation will be completed by the end of the year, and the cameras will be in service at all times.

The Saikyō Line sees the highest number of groping cases in the Greater Tōkyō area, and since December of last year, JR East introduced security cameras inside cars on two trains—a first in Japan. The effectiveness of the installation was evaluated, and both railways said, “After hearing from the Metropolitan Police Department that the cameras were successful in preventing groping crimes, we decided to expand the program.”

Four cameras will be installed on the ceiling of Car No. 1, the most crowded car and the most frequent scene of groping crimes, towards the Ōmiya end. The railways say they will only provide the recordings when requested to do so by investivative agencies.

In March, JR East conducted a survey to ascertain public approval of security cameras inside trains, targeting users in the Greater Tōkyō area (15 years of age or older). Of the 1,032 responses, 89 percent approved of the security cameras, while 11 percent disapproved. Reasons for approval included “effectiveness in reducing groping crimes” (80 percent) and “effectiveness against other crimes” (77 percent). Reasons for disapproval included “invasion of privacy” (75 percent) and “doubt over the effectiveness” (49 percent).

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, groping crimes on the Saikyō Line have been reduced significantly with the new year. Cases of indecent assault in January and February dropped to one-third the original number.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:40 AM   #1185
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Police and railways team up to prevent groping with start of new fiscal year
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/cri...1055007-n1.htm

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For the week of April 15-21, the Tōkyō Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa Prefectural Police Departments will team up with JR East and 15 other railway companies in the National Capital Region to initiate a crackdown on groping crimes inside trains. A special team composed of approx. 120 investigators will be strategically deployed on patrols and station awareness campaigns in an effort to strengthen countermeasures against groping. The program was revealed by the National Police Agency on April 8.

As the number of women riding trains is expected to increase due to newly-accepted students and new hires at companies, the National Police Agency is beefing up its countermeasures. JR East is also expanding its crime prevention strategy, including a plan to install security cameras on the first car of all Saikyō Line trains starting in June.

At an April 8 press conference following a session of the National Public Safety Commission, Director Andō Takaharu of the National Police Agency remarked, “We must build an environment that makes it impossible for heinous crimes such as chikan to occur.” In regards to security cameras inside trains, Andō said, “I am hopeful that other railway companies will consider installing them.”

Acccording to the National Police Agency, there were 340 reported cases of indecent assault inside trains within the past year, 263 of which occurred in the four prefectures of the National Capital Region. Many cases are in violation of public nuisance ordinances, and the MPD and three prefectural police departments will deploy uniformed police officers at stations with a frequent history of incidents. Temporary victim consultation corners will be installed at main stations, and an educational program teaching new students how to fight groping will also be held.

During the campaign period, JR and private railways will broadcast announcements against groping inside stations and trains, and hang posters.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:41 AM   #1186
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Campaign increases awareness regarding baby strollers on trains
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/...590135021.html

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The number of passengers using baby strollers inside railway stations and trains has been increasing, leading to frequent incidents where passengers are caught between doors and conflict breaks out between passengers. In an effort to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for passengers, parenting groups and railway companies have begun a large-scale campaign including poster displays and the launch of safety education courses.

The use of baby strollers on railways in the Greater Tōkyō area was permitted starting in 2000. Up until then, use of baby strollers was strictly prohibited, and guardians were required to fold their strollers before entering the faregates. With the advancement of barrier-free improvements such as elimination of level differences and installation of elevators, the prohibition on stroller use was “lifted.”

With an increase in the number of users with strollers comes an increase in the number of accidents and passenger conflict. According to the Consumer Product Safety Association (HQ: Tōkyō), in May 2007 a train departed from JR Kanda Station with a baby stroller carrying an infant caught between one of the doors. In September of the same year, a similar accident occurred in the Kansai area. It is also believed that smaller unreported incidents have also been occurring.

A housewife (35) at Keikyū Shinagawa Station who had placed her two-year-old daughter in a baby stroller said, “When the train is crowded or I can’t move the stroller easily, I get a little scared when the doors are about to close.”

Meanwhile, conflicts have been breaking out between other passengers in stations and trains. As most such cases are resolved between passengers, authorities have no data on the frequency of occurrence, but according to railway companies, passengers have lodged complaints: “I was struck by the stroller.” “The stroller moved inside the train.” “The stroller took up space and got in the way.” “The stroller was loaded onto the escalator unsafely.”

As part of a joint campaign, posters have been placed inside stations and related facilities starting last month, calling on stroller users not to rush onto trains and be mindful of others, and encouraging all passengers to make room for each other during boarding and alighting.

JR East has teamed up with non-profit organization Fathering Japan, holding a safety educational program targeting fathers raising children at the railway’s Tōkyō Car Center. The program shows attendees the danger of being caught in doors by having them experience it with a real train.

Keihin Electric Express Railway has deployed its staff to actively assist stroller users at stations without elevators, including having staff carry strollers.
ANN news report (2010.03.26) on JR East’s special stroller education course for fathers:

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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:42 AM   #1187
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New public passage and North Exit open at Nisshin Station
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/sa...802000085.html

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The north-south public passage being constructed at Nisshin Station on the JR Kawagoe Line in Kita Ward, Saitama City has been completed, and an opening ceremony was held on March 27. The passage will open to the public on March 28.

Nisshin Station opened in 1940, and up until now, has had only one access point at the South Exit. With an increase in population, the north side of the station has developed as a residential neighborhood, but passengers on the north side have been forced to use two grade crossings located 200 m away from the faregates. As a result residents on the north side of the station requested a public passage. With the construction work, a north-south passage (6 m wide and 34 m long) has opened and elevators have been installed on both sides. Saitama City and JR East carried out construction, with a total project cost of ¥2.52 billion.

At the festivities, Mayor Shimizu Hayato hoped the passage would lead to “more convenience for users and increased development of the area.” A stained glass installation, based on the Tanabata festivals held in the area, was also revealed.
Some tiny pictures of the new elevated station concourse and public passage:
Source: Nisshinchō.net
Source: Nisshinchō.net

North Exit



South Exit



Newdays (JR East station convenience store)





Stained glass pieces



New elevated station concourse


Source: Nisshinchō.net
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:43 AM   #1188
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Private firm launches schedule information service using voice recognition
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/gun...OYT8T01392.htm

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“We will provide you with JR train departure information over the phone.” Starting this month, IT firm Advantech International (President: Suda Tatsumi) in Yawatamachi, Takasaki City launched its Schedule Information Service, which announces train departure information for JR stations in Gunma Prefecture by computer voice over the phone.

Users dial a special phone number (050-5810-3205) and follow the directions to receive the information. For example, by saying, “Takasaki Station” and “13:00” over the phone, the system will announce departures from Takasaki Station between 1:00 and 2:00 pm for Shinkansen and non-Shinkansen trains in both directions. The service is free outside of the calling fee (approx. ¥10.5 for every three minutes), and the system will also notify users of service delays or disruptions. The number of passengers researching train departures via the Internet has been increasing lately, but these services are difficult to use for the elderly or the disabled. The new service is also good news for those not used to manipulating keyboards.

Advantech International was established in June 1998 and has developed technology that links telephones and web information using voice recognition. The company launched the Schedule Information Service as a means of publicizing its technology. “Instead of trying to push small buttons on keyboards or mobile phones, it’s quicker to just say the words, and I hope we can show how much more efficient this system is.”
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Shiroi City Council rejects fare reduction plan
http://mainichi.jp/area/chiba/news/2...20254000c.html

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In the proposal to reduce fares on the Hokusō Railway, which critics say are too high, by 4.6 percent using funding from Chiba Prefecture and local governments along the line, an agenda item to certify expenditure of Shiroi City’s funding share of approx. ¥26 million was not approved in the City Council. A motion was submitted to push for eliminating the funding from the city’s general accounts budget, and a budget plan that omitted the funding was approved by a majority of the Council.

A proposal had been finalized whereby the Prefectural Government and six cities along the line would contribute ¥300 million in funding to bring down Hokusō Railway fares starting on opening day of the Narita Rapid Railway on July 17. The remaining five cities had already approved their funding expenditures, but Shiroi City’s refusal to approve its contribution could put a dent in the plan.

In regards to the funding expenditure, some Shiroi City Councilmembers were critical of the plan, saying that using public money to fund the fare reduction was unacceptable, and that Shiroi City should devise its own long-term strategy.

Mayor Yokoyama Kugako said, “I’m extremely disappointed that they rejected the plan. The fare issue is a critical one for Shiroi City residents, and all of our citizens are eagerly anticipating the city’s funding. This isn’t only Shiroi City’s problem, so I’ll be looking to talk with the Prefectural Government and the other cities to make another proposal.”

Financial steps agreed to by the Prefectural Government and the local jurisdictions in late November of last year are a prerequisite to the fare reduction, and Chiba Prefecture and the other cities are troubled by Shiroi City’s rejection of the plan.

The proposed fare reductions would represent an average 4.6 percent discount, and is still higher than the fare levels originally requested by the Prefectural Government and the six cities. However, officials for Chiba Prefecture said, “If we pass up on this opportunity when the new line opens, it will become even more difficult to push for fare reductions later on,” and other government officials had made bitter concessions to get the plan finalized. Governor Morita Kensaku himself considered this plan only the first step, and was planning to work towards additional rationalization of the railway’s fares in the near future.

After learning that the Shiroi City Council had refused to approve the funding, Governor Morita commented: “If this continues, it will be difficult to get the fare reduction that the six cities had originally agreed to, and it will be a betrayal of local residents’ faith. Considering that this was a fare reduction plan that we had all agreed upon initially, I expect Shiroi City’s mayor to take responsible action in response. At the same time, I hope we can earn the understanding of Shiroi City’s councilmembers on this issue.”
Testing on the Hokusō Line at Inba Nihon Idai and Matsuhidai Stations. Included are shots of the new Keisei 3050 series commuter EMUs.


Source: 457AB on YouTube

New Skyliner trains testing on the Narita Sky Access line. Keisei recently began training operators on the new line.


Source: Umigiko on YouTube
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:45 AM   #1190
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Odakyū Line quadruple-tracking / undergrounding near Shimo-Kitazawa

“Kantō Kenbunroku,” a local television program in the Tōkyō area, does a tour of the construction work (Japanese only). This involves the boring of four tunnels between Higashi-Kitazawa and Setagaya Daita. Express trains will be on the bottommost level, local trains will be one level above.


Source: village01tyo on YouTube
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:46 AM   #1191
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Tōkyū Tōyoko Line / Minato Mirai Line window view

Two-part window view of a Tōyoko Line limited express (the “Tōyoko Tokkyū”) from Shibuya in Tōkyō to Motomachi–Chūkagai in Yokohama. The limited express service was begun in March 2000 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
Source: seigen120kaihin on YouTube

Part 1: Shibuya to Kikuna
Stops at Naka-Meguro, Jiyūgaoka, Musashi Kosugi, and Kikuna. Some parallel running on the quadruple-track section with the Tōkyū Meguro Line.



Part 2: Kikuna to Motomachi–Chūkagai
Stops at Yokohama and Minato Mirai. Most of this section is underground.

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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:46 AM   #1192
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Resolution in conflict over dismissed JNR ex-employees
http://www.asahi.com/politics/update...004080571.html

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In the dismissal of 1,047 employees in the National Railway Workers’ Union (Kokurō), which opposed the division and privatization of the Japanese National Railways (JNR), on April 9 the government, the three ruling parties, and the New Kōmeitō Party agreed to pay an average settlement of approx. ¥22 million to each worker. On the morning of April 9, the four parties will submit the proposal to the workers.

The news was revealed by officials of the three ruling parties. After the workers are formally presented with the proposal, they will debate a response, but it seems more and more likely that they will accept the offer. If an agreement is reached, it will mark the end to the 23-year-old standoff over discriminatory hiring practices based on union affiliation.

The four parties submitted a settlement package to the government on March 18 that called for payment of approx. ¥24 million to each worker. At the time, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) minister Maehara Seiji expressed a positive outlook on the proposal, saying, “The proposal calls for a fairly realistic amount, and has some basis behind it.” However, objections arose from government officials, and the amount was reduced by ¥2 million.

In this standoff, the union employees have filed a lawsuit against the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (JRTT), the agency that assumed the duties of the former JNR Settlement Agency, which had dismissed the 1,047 workers. The employees have asked for monetary compensation. At the time of the incident, the union employees had requested to be reinstated into their jobs, but in 23 years time, the number of former employees between 60 and 70 years of age has increased, and the union employees have been searching for political resolution as a “humane relief.” Perceiving the change in government administrations as “the biggest and the last chance,” they stepped up their lobbying to officials in the three ruling parties.

The four-party settlement package called for paying an average settlement of ¥24.065 million per person (including relatives of deceased union members) to 910 households, for a total cost of ¥21.899 billion. In last year’s decision by the Tōkyō High Court, monetary compensation was placed at ¥5.5 million, which was then grown to ¥11.825 million by including 23 years worth of interest. An additional ¥12.24 million in financial assistance was added on top, based on the employment assistance funding to unemployed persons at the time of the JNR breakup and privatization.

However, government officials said an average payment of ¥24 million was far above the amount identified in the High Court’s decision, and when compared to settlement packages in other lawsuits, “would not receive public support in its current state.” As a result, it’s believed the amount was reduced.

The settlement payments will come from the Special Labor Account, a special account under the JRTT directed towards the payment of ex-JNR employees’ pensions. The Account has a profit surplus of over ¥1.3 trillion.

In regards to employment, the four-party settlement package called for hiring about 200 of the dismissed workers, primarily for JR Hokkaidō and JR Kyūshū. The JR companies, however, remain stalwart in their refusal to hire any of the workers, saying the issue has already been “legally resolved.”

In regards to the settlement payments, on the evening of April 8 top Kokurō leaders remarked: “After we receive the offer for review, the various groups will meet to debate and finalize a response.”
TBS news report (2010.04.09):

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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:48 AM   #1193
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Lawson to begin accepting Kitaca, TOICA, and SUGOCA starting April 20
http://www.ryutsuu.biz/topix/c040621.html

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On April 6, Lawson announced that it would allow customers to use electronic money services from JR Hokkaidō, JR Central, and JR Kyūshū at stores in each respective area starting April 20.

In the Hokkaidō area, Lawson will begin accepting Hokkaidō Railway Company’s (JR Hokkaidō) Kitaca card, while in the Tōkai area, Lawson will begin accepting Central Japan Railway Company’s (JR Central) TOICA card. In the Kyūshū area, Lawson stores will begin accepting Kyūshū Railway Company’s (JR Kyūshū) SUGOCA card.

Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS, in accordance with a business contract as part of the expansion of affiliated shops accepting electronic money from the three JR companies, will be responsible for settling payments by electronic money.
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Kawasaki Heavy Industries to market battery-powered SWIMO tram globally
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/bus...2023027-n1.htm

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On April 7, Kawasaki Heavy Industries finalized plans to strengthen foreign marketing of SWIMO, the world’s first battery-powered tram, using high-capacity nickel-metal hydride batteries developed by the company. With positive responses from overseas, the company aims to complete an experimental unit for the North American market in 2011 and will aim to expand business for the SWIMO technology.

The SWIMO is equipped with Kawasaki’s Gigacell high-capacity nickel-metal hydride battery, and by using a regenerative braking system that stores electricity created when braking, the SWIMO reduces electricity consumption by over 30 percent. After a mere three to five minutes charging, the SWIMO can run for over 10 km using the stored electricity, and if allowed to charge while stopped at the ends of the line, can allow for the opening of new lines without the need for overhead catenary.

There is much focus overseas on high energy-efficiency and elimination of overhead wires, and officials from New York, Taipei, and Dubai in the Middle East have come to visit Kawasaki’s Harima Plant (Harima Town, Hyōgo Prefecture). The company aims to expand the SWIMO market to overseas, including adapting the technology—designed for a domestic market, with a top speed of 40 kph—to a top speed of 80 kph.

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Tōkyō Metro reveals FY2010 business plan
http://www.tokyometro.jp/corporate/p...eme/index.html

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While our previous mid-term business plan Step Up Tōkyō Metro Plan 2009 was in effect, Tōkyō Metro has worked to expand our network further with the opening of the Fukutoshin Line in June 2008, ensure passenger safety, and provide a service that meets the needs of our customers. In addition, in related businesses, we have also been pushing forward with active use of our assets and expanding the scale of these programs, allowing for synergestic effects with our railway business and improving our corporate value.

Owing to the fact that Tōkyō Metro’s base of business operations is the central area of the country’s capital, Tōkyō, our business performance is comparatively stable. However, the effects of a slowing economy, including reduced passenger transport and advertisement revenues, are apparent, and we expect the harshness of our business environment to increase into the future, as the economic recession drags on and the brunt of the mass retirement of the baby-boomer generation and an aging population strike, resulting in structural changes that will affect our business. Faced with this situation, Tōkyō Metro must continue with our efforts to increase corporate value without falling victim to changes in our business environment.

In addition, based on a policy that places safety as our first priority, Tōkyō Metro Group is working to advance safety management across the board, from the executive level down to the front lines. As we continue to build a “culture of safety” that establishes safety as the first priority for all of our employees, we will tirelessly pursue safety and capture the trust of our passengers.

FY2010 marks the first year of our new mid-term business plan, Forward Tōkyō Metro Plan 2012. With our group principle of becoming the “energy that keeps Tōkyō running,” we will strive to become a corporate group that has earned the trust, choice, and support of our customers, our investors, our employees, and the general public, and will manage our business with the three goals below:
  • Maintenance and improvement of safety
  • Further improvement in railway service quality
  • Active development of related business that allows for synergistic effects with our railway business

Maintenance and improvement of safety
  1. Efforts towards safe and stable railway operations
    • In order to improve the safety of station platforms and stairwells, in addition to moving forward with platform door installations on the Yūrakuchō Line and investigating their introduction on other lines, we will also advance strategies against door injuries and train-generated wind.
    • For stations which have not received emergency exit direction improvements and fire countermeasures such as smoke ventilation equipment, we will proceed with installation.
    • Together with implementation of a strategy against deterioration of tunnel structures and other facilities, we will conduct necessary survey and construction work.
    • We will proceed with development of new technologies that help us maintain and improve our safety, including detection systems for wheel-rail friction control and the safety of running trains on revenue lines.
    • We will establish a means for studying, compiling, and analyzing incidents involving “human factor.”
  2. Strengthening of our safety management structure
    • Following our safety management provisions, we will conduct an internal safety audit to confirm that work involved with ensuring the safety of our transport operations is being done properly.
    • Through safety lectures and training programs, we will improve safety awareness among our employees.
    • Through conducting various emergency response exercises and coordinating with the fire and police departments, we will strengthen our counterstrategy in the event of an accident or disaster, including improving our early response and our ability to return to normal operations.
  3. Strengthening of security for railway operations and countermeasures against natural disaster
    • In addition to completing installation of security camera systems inside all stations (excluding stations that are contracted out to other companies), we will also deploy station staff and guardsmen to conduct patrols. We will also strengthen our defense against crimes at car yards and on trains in storage.
    • We will make progress on countermeasures against large-scale flooding.

Further improvement in railway service quality
  1. Improved transport service
    • For the Yūrakuchō Line and Fukutoshin Line, we will proceed with construction of new track connections between Kotake–Mukaihara and Senkawa Stations and conversion of the section between Shintomichō and Shin-Kiba Stations to the new CS-ATC system, helping to prevent delays. In addition, at Toyosu Station we will implement improvements including new entrances / exits and ticketing locations, helping to improve convenience and reduce congestion.
    • In addition to deploying six new wide-door trains to the Tōzai Line, we will proceed with measures to help prevent delays, including alleviation of platform congestion and reduction in dwell times. These improvements include works at Kayabachō Station and Monzen–Nakachō Station.
    • Reevalution of train schedules in the morning rush hour, evening, and late evening periods and launch of an off-peak campaign, helping reduce congestion in trains through a variety of measures.
  2. Strengthening the competitiveness of the Metro network
    We will make additional progress in preparation for the start of bilateral through-servicing between the Fukutoshin Line and the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line / Yokohama Minato Mirai Line (scheduled to start in FY2012).
  3. Expanding services that meet customer needs
    • In addition to installing information displays at all stations (excluding stations that are contracted out to other companies), we will expand our provision of service information to customers through use of in-train displays and station-wide announcement broadcast systems.
    • We will proceed with further barrier-free improvements inside stations. In particular, we will install elevators and escalators on access and transfer routes between each platform and public passages, and for elevators without windows on doors, we will continue with installation of windows.
    • For the Chiyoda Line, we will introduce five new environmentally-friendly trains with a high level of passenger comfort.
    • We will conduct renovations at older stations and improve restrooms.
    • At underground stations without station air conditioning, we will proceed with installation of air conditioning systems.
    • In addition to constantly reevaluating the service hours and days for our service managers, we will work to expand the provision of information at our customer information centers.
    • In order to provide passengers with easy-to-use stations, we will look at revising the signage systems at each of our stations to achieve higher ease of use.
    • In addition to making calls to our customer service center toll-free, we will implement a business structure that permits us to better incorporate comments and requests from our customers.
    • We will expand our employee training programs, improving the level of our information and direction services to passengers.
  4. Provision of information and development of products that meet customer needs
    • Through events and measures to improve passenger convenience using the functions of our PASMO IC farecard, we will encourage greater use of PASMO.
    • In addition to launching sales promotions for special-program tickets with through-servicing railway companies, we will launch effective PR campaigns by coordinating with other operators to introduce neighborhoods along rail lines.
    • We will launch events such as stamp rallies and walking tours through neighborhoods along our rail lines.
    • In an effort to improve passenger convenience and comfort, we will update and distribute new copies of informational pamphlets including Tōkyō Metro Navi and Barrier-Free Booklet.
    • As part of our efforts towards foreign visitors to Japan, we will launch various PR campaigns, including provision of information to foreign travel agents through other railway operators and groups, making appearances at tourism expositions, and expanding use of the Tōkyō Metro foreign-language site Welcome to Tōkyō Metro.

Advancement of efficient business operations
  1. Improving cost reduction on construction contracts and goods purchases
    In addition to continuining our progress in efforts to reduce cost, we will look to utilize group companies to meet these needs.
  2. Improved productivity through reevaluation of work and improvement in work procedures
    We will continue advancement towards improving productivity.

Active development of related business that allows for synergistic effects with our railway business
  1. Distribution business
    • In addition to station retail facility “Echika fit Nagatachō,” we will develop or consider development of additional “Echika fit” and “Metro pia” facilities based on station ridership and location characteristics.
    • In regards to the Accorde Yoyogi Uehara retail facility underneath one of our elevated rail viaducts, we will work on design and construction of Phase 2 of the project, to open in FY2011.
    • We will improve the profitability of station retail facilities such as Echika Ikebukuro and commercial tenant buildings such as Esola Ikebukuro.
    • Through renovation of stores and additional vending machines, we will work to improve profitability.
    • In regards to the Tōkyō Metro To Me CARD, we will work to increase membership through promotional campaigns and other efforts.
  2. Real estate business
    • As a new business resource, we will secure real estate that offers high potential for synergistic effects with our railway business, and work to increase the scale of our business.
    • In regards to our assets including parcels in Yotsuya Sanchōme, based on rent conditions and geographic location, we will select the most appropriate business and proceed with development.
    • In regards to the Shibuya New Cultural Block Project, we will endeavor to make real progress in preparation for the FY2012 opening.
    • Through maintenance and improvement of our service levels, we will work to improve the profitability of Shibuya Mark City, Metro Green Tōyōchō, and other facilities.
  3. Advertisement and IT business
    • We will gradually introduce in-train displays and expand our Tōkyō Metro Vision in-train digital advertisements to new lines.
    • In regards to our fiber-optic lease business, we will work to secure new clients.

Development of a vibrant corporate climate through awareness reform and human resources development
  1. Strengthening programs that make full use of our human resources and change employee awareness
    • In order to improve the cumulative strength of the group, we will launch mutual personnel transfer programs between Tōkyō Metro and group companies.
    • Based on our mid-term training plan, we will expand our training programs and contribute to improving employee skills on an individual level.
    • We will create a comfortable work environment.
    • In addition to employing a wide variety of human resources from the viewpoint of diversity, we will work to support employees in both their careers and family life.
    • Through town meetings, we will strengthen communications between management level and employees and work to increase corporate awareness.
    • We will work to improve our system that encourages employees to make suggestions.
  2. Advancement of support for employee health
    • In order to prevent labor disasters before they occur, we will develop a management system for worker health and hygiene.
    • We will work to expand preventative health support focusing on prevention of illness.

Implementation of necessary efforts to ensure corporate survival
  1. Improvement of compliance and risk management
    • In order to spread corporate compliance, we will continue with training tailored to employee level and require that all employees undergo the training program.
    • Through the implementation of risk management, we will accurately identify potential risks and develop appropriate responses.
    • To strengthen our risk management, we will begin drafting a plan for continuation of business and speedy recovery.
  2. Implementation of internal regulations on financial reports and strenghthening of data security
    • We will conduct smooth implementation and evaluation of internal regulations regarding financial reports, and continue with new improvements.
    • In order to ensure complete security of our IT system, we will implement countermeasures against viruses.

Harmony with society
  1. Advancement of environmental preservation activities
    • We will advance environmentally-friendly corporate activities, including introduction of green rolling stock and station equipment (e.g., inverter-based lighting devices) and recycling of construction byproducts.
    • Through our Environmental and Social Report and homepage, we will distribute information regarding our environmental preservation activities.
    • We will implement and establish an environmental management system for the whole Tōkyō Metro Group.
  2. Advancement of social contribution activities, focusing on areas around our lines
    • Through cooperation in local neighborhood events along our network and active participation in volunteer activities, we will strengthen communication with neighborhood communities along our rail lines.
    • In addition to launching cultural activites through the Metro Cultural Foundation, we will work towards increasing all types of social contribution activities and encouraging grassroots development.
    • We will expand distribution of information concerning the status of our social contribution activities both within and outside of the company.
  3. Advancement of international cooperation and exchange
    We will advance acceptance of overseas trainees and expand our international exchange by participating in international conferences.
The three-year business plan (Forward Tōkyō Metro Plan 2012) is here:
http://www.tokyometro.jp/corporate/p...lan/index.html
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:50 AM   #1196
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Tōkyō Metro 15000 series makes press debut
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/...501000644.html

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On April 4, Tōkyō Metro revealed the new 15000 series trains for the Tōzai Line, with doorways that are 50 cm wider than current trains, to press officials. The trains will help reduce dwell times at stations and will be introduced primarily during the rush hours, hopefully helping to improve operations.

According to Tōkyō Metro, the width of doorways on existing trains is 130 cm, but the new trains feature doorways that are 180 cm wide, allowing four adults to pass through simultaneously. The first trains are scheduled to enter service in May, and a total of 13 trains (130 cars) will be introduced over the course of two years. Seats in each car will decrease from 54 to 44, but the railway improved seat comfort and fire resistance.

Passenger loading on the Tōzai Line during the morning rush hour is 199 percent. As passengers gather around the train doors, departure is delayed, leading to a vicious cycle where the train gets even more crowded and delayed at the next station.

Starting in 1991, Tōkyō Metro introduced a handful of renovated trains, which had had most of their doorways expanded to 180 cm, onto the Tōzai Line, eventually helping to reduce dwell times during the rush hour by approx. four seconds at each station. Representatives from Tōkyō Metro said, “It may not seem like much time savings, but the end benefit is quite large.”
Pics from the press debut at Fukagawa Car Yard in Kōtō Ward:
Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/

Exterior-wise, it’s similar to the 10000 series for the Yūrakuchō Line and Fukutoshin Line, but with elements from the latest 05 series Tōzai Line trains.



The “keyhole” headlights of the 10000 series have been rotated sideways for the 15000 series.



Difference in door width.



Interior of the Nakano end car. They knocked out a seat to make room for the doors, so it’s now six per row instead of seven.



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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:52 AM   #1197
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Aragaki Yui selected as new image character for Tōkyō Metro
http://www.tokyometro.jp/news/2010/2010-19.html

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At Tōkyō Metro (HQ: Taitō Ward, Tōkyō; President: Umezaki Hisashi), we have enlisted actress Aragaki Yui, currently starring in movies and television dramas, as the image character for our “Tōkyō Heart” corporate advertising campaign starting in April. Please look forward to new developments in our Tōkyō Heart campaign starting on Thursday, April 1.

A new page for Tōkyō Metro’s “Tōkyō Heart” corporate advertising campaign
The Tōkyō Heart corporate advertisement campaign embodies the principle of the Tōkyō Metro Group: serving as the energy that keeps Tōkyō running. With our wish that the Metro remains a “bond” that connects the hearts of those living in Tōkyō, in FY2010 we will expand our Tōkyō Heart campaign through television commercials and posters at stations that introduce scenes across Tōkyō.

In addition, we will display monthly posters inside trains that advertise Tōkyō Metro’s safe and stable operations and technical expertise. Through web material, we will also express more vividly our commitment to contribute to the vitality of Tōkyō and the lifestyles of each and every person who comes to Tōkyō. Through these efforts, we will continue to improve our corporate image.

Why we appointed Aragaki Yui
In addition to Ms. Aragaki’s recognition and popularity across a wide range of generations, her bright yet refreshing and urban image matches the corporate image that Tōkyō Metro is striving for.

In the series of television commercials, Ms. Aragaki, as a single woman living in Tōkyō, rides the Metro and encounters various people and places in Tōkyō. The commercials depict her emotional responses to what she sees and the role of Tōkyō Metro in connecting hearts together. We hope that by watching Ms. Aragaki’s experiences, all of our customers will want to ride the Metro to go out for fun or meet someone, and connect with other people.

And more than anything, Tōkyō Metro hopes to grow together with Ms. Aragaki, who is promised to become an even more spectacular actress and singer.
Tōkyō Heart website:
http://www.tokyoheart.jp/

April 2010 wallpaper:



“Making” of the CM:


Source: Tabris0620 on YouTube

New CM (60 sec version):


Source: soso0512 on YouTube
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Random pictures

Tōbu Daishi Line at Nishi-Arai


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Interior of Keiō 8000 series


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Tōkyū lineup


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New AE series


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Ōsaka Monorail


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Hanshin Amagasaki: 3 Kintetsu trains and 1 Hanshin train


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Hankai Tramway


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Toei Subway train on the Keiō Sagamihara Line


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Tōbu trains on the Isesaki Line


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Kodomo no Kuni Line. This line was originally constructed to serve a theme park, but was converted to a commuter line ten years ago due to burgeoning population and demand for better service.


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Shizuoka Railway 1000 series


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Taketoyo Line through-servicing on the Tōkaidō Main Line in the Nagoya area. This line is scheduled to be electrified in the future.


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Hakodate City tram


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JR Central 313-8000 series (Central Liner)


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Yokohama Municipal Subway Green Line


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Man’yōsen LRV


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Keihan 3000 series


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JR West 321 series


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Trains and cherry blossoms

It’s cherry blossom season, one of the best times to go out and take pictures of trains.
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