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Bullets and trains: Exporting Japan’s Shinkansen to China and Taiwan

By Christopher Philip Hood


It is over forty years since the Shinkansen (‘bullet train’) began operating between Tokyo and Osaka. Since then the network has expanded, but other countries, most notably France and Germany, have been developing their own high speed railways, too. As other countries, mainly in Asia, look to develop high speed railways, the battle over which country will win the lucrative contracts for them is on. It is not only a matter of railway technology. Political, economic & cultural influences are also at stake. This paper will look at these various aspects in relation to the export of the Shinkansen to China in light of previous Japanese attempts to export the Shinkansen and the situation in Taiwan

Topics: DS, HE
Year: 2007
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