High Speed Rail

Japan Expresses interest in HSR project

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Japan has expressed interest in helping Malaysia to develop its high speed railway project from Malaysia to Singapore while Malaysia Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Razak is on a 3 days tour to Japan. Prime Minister and his wife Datin Seri Rosmad Mansor has also boarded  the Sinkansen from Hayabusa to Sendai which is around 300KM away to experience the first hand of High Speed Rail. A few Malaysian Minsters are also present. Then entire travel takes around 1 hour and 36 minutes by bullet train while it could take up to 4 hours by car. The train that was boarded by Prime Minster are equipped with the latest technology and could travel safely up to 320Km per hour

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cited that he hoped to see Sinkansen running on Malaysian land while Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Razak believes that Japan would submit a competitive bid for the project. Malaysia and Singapore would move a phase closer to start the HSR project with a MOU expected to be signed by the end of 2015.


Japan is one of the earliest pioneer of high speed railway and bullet train technology. The first ever bullet train started operating during 1964 Japan Olympics, from Tokyo to Osaka. Sinkansen has cut short the travel time between Tokyo-Osaka by near 3 hours. The conventional railway line takes around 6 hours 40 minutes while Sinkansen takes only a little more than 3 hours.

Sinkansen has proved to be a safe and reliable technology holding a 0 passenger fatalities record although being 50 years in operation. This also despite Japan being high risk earthquake and typhoon area.The high speed rail network has also brought economic improvement to cities which are too far from capital while it has shorten travel time between Japanese cities.

Today, the current Sinkansen technology accommodates up to 217,000 passengers daily with up to 415 trains a day. The Japanese has been promoting the Sinkansen Rail Technology while Malaysian Prime Minister has cited it to be competitive. Sinkansen is the Japanese high speed rail technology which spans to about 2,600 kilometers network with 240km to 300 km per hour speed.

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