Seven Minutes of Speed and Clean

TOKYO —                                                                                                                                  Japan’s shinkansen, or bullet train, was the world’s first high-speed train running at 200 km per hour, and today the Tokaido Shinkansen is the world’s most used high-speed rail line. Impressively, even with over 120,000 trains running on the line each year, the average delay…

Hydrogen Power for Olympics in 2020

The Tokyo metropolitan government has decided that the Athletes’ Village for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made into a “hydrogen town” where electricity and hot water are supplied through hydrogen energy, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. After the Tokyo Olympics are over, the electricity and hot water generated with hydrogen energy are…

Surprising Side Effects

“I didn’t think I could get food poisoning from fish I caught myself,” a victim of ciguatera food poisoning said. Hideo Kadobayashi, who runs a painting and varnishing business in Osaka, took home a Spotted Knifejaw he landed off the shore of Wakayama, Japan. Nine people, including family members and some of his employees, ate…

Buses to the Rescue!

    Two Japanese companies, Hitachi and Hino Motors, have been working together to create buses equipped with rechargeable batteries that might prove useful in case of disaster. The “midsize plug-in hybrid buses for disasters”, as they were described by the two makers, can be used to provide electricity in calamity situations. The buses can…