Japan

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Visitors to Japan’s theme-park-style disaster preparation centers can experience simulated quakes, typhoons, and fires. Perhaps a similar idea would be helpful in part of the United States?
The Seattle Times
February 1, 2017, 12pm PST
Maglev high-speed rail, financed (partially) by Japan, is still under consideration for the stretch between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. It would take a princely sum to build.
Greater Greater Washington
October 21, 2016, 9am PDT
An interview with a photographer about his unflattering pictures of train riders in Tokyo's crowded subway.
CNN
September 28, 2016, 11am PDT
Japanese cities and citizens look to Portland for inspiration.
The Economist
August 28, 2016, 5am PDT
The population of Nagoro, Japan has declined in recent years from 300 to just 30 people. Local artist Tsukimi Ayano has populated the village with scarecrows to replace some of the familiar community figures who are now gone.
NPR
March 31, 2016, 12pm PDT
As of Saturday, Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, was connected to Tokyo by the newest addition to Japan's iconic Shinkansen bullet trains. The 513-mile route includes 33.4 miles in "the world's deepest operational main-line rail tunnel."
The Telegraph
November 14, 2015, 7am PST
If a Seattle company gets its way, in a few years there will be 100 floating wind turbines about 15 miles off San Luis Obispo County on the central California coast, generating about 1 gigawatt of electricity.
San Jose Mercury News
November 9, 2015, 6am PST
The 105-year old Hudson River Rail Tunnels may desperately need replacement, but the Federal Railroad Administration also has an eye on the future, awarding $27.8 million to prepare a maglev application between Washington and Baltimore.
The Washington Post
October 18, 2015, 11am PDT
The China Railway International Group, working with the Chinese Export-Import Bank, responded to the California High-Speed Rail Authority's "expressions of interest." They teamed up with China Development Bank to beat out the Japanese in Indonesia.
Reuters
October 14, 2015, 11am PDT
With fewer human workers available to meet demand, Japanese construction company Komatsu is turning to automated equipment and drones.
The Verge
August 12, 2015, 10am PDT
Better Cities & Towns gives its imprimatur to the "narrower is better" approach to lane width for traffic safety thanks to a study by Toronto transportation planner, Dewan Masud Karim, presented at the Canadian ITE annual conference.
Better Cities & Towns
July 21, 2015, 11am PDT
Japan has pulled the plug on an ambitious stadium plan, expected to cost $2 billion and designed by one of the world's most famous architects.
The Guardian
May 13, 2015, 1pm PDT
Whether driveways are anti-urban or 'anti-pedestrian' depends on how we segregate street uses. As shared spaces where they cross sidewalks, driveways inform the wider question: what makes for a good street?
Urban Kchoze
April 23, 2015, 11am PDT
Maglev trains owned by Central Japan Railway were clocked traveling at speeds of 603 km/h, less than week after traveling 590 km/h to set a record last set in 2003.
The Guardian
December 20, 2014, 9am PST
The non-partisan Eno Center for Transportation has had it with futile attempts to raise the federal gas tax and the never-ending transfers (bailouts?) from the federal general fund to keep roads and transit funded. "Pay as you go" no longer works.
Logistics Management
August 20, 2014, 10am PDT
The Houston to Dallas high speed rail train will be built with the cooperation of Japan's Central Railway, a longtime successful and profitable operator of Shinkansen bullet train lines. Securing the private financing is key to the project.
The Texas Tribune
June 14, 2014, 9am PDT
Urban Times offers a list of 13 urban river renewal projects spanning from Medellin to Manila.
Urban Times
April 22, 2014, 1pm PDT
An intrepid blogger digs into the differences between Japanese zoning regulations and those here in the United States.
Urban Kchoze
November 22, 2013, 6am PST
In order to stave off the worst climate change scenarios, experts have recommended that the world's countries must aggressively expand their efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Some surprising countries are headed in the opposite direction.
Grist
September 6, 2013, 9am PDT
New maglev train in Japan reached 310 mph on a test track. With construction about to begin, some worry that declining population would make the project unsustainable.
Wired