World Talk Lecture Series: Learning from Japanese Railways

15/02/2018, 17:00 - 18:00


For over fifty years the shinkansen has been transporting people across Japan punctually, quickly, comfortably and safely. When it began services on 1 October 1964, in time for the Tōkyō Olympics, it heralded a new age in railway transport. It was a bold step taken by Japan as many other nations were investing in roads and aviation. Japan’s success story with the shinkansen led many other nations to re-evaluate their usage of railways and the lessons are still being learnt today with many countries considering importing shinkansen technology directly. But the shinkansen is more than just a train, and not all trains in Japan are shinkansen.

This talk will guide you through some of the key aspects about railways in Japan, explaining what we can learn from Japanese railways as Britain begins to use more Japanese-made trains, some franchises become partly Japanese owned, and as Britain looks to expand its own high-speed railway network.

Christopher Hood is a Reader in Japanese Studies in the School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University. He is the author of Japan: The Basics (2014), Dealing with Disaster in Japan: Responses to the Flight JL123 Crash (2011), and Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan (2006). He is the President of the British Association for Japanese Studies. Twitter: @HoodCP

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