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Shinkansen : From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan - Christopher Hood


From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan

Hardcover Published: 27th January 2006
ISBN: 9780415320528
Number Of Pages: 266

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The image of the shinkansen - or 'bullet train' - passing Mount Fuji is one of the most renowned images of modern Japan. Yet, despite its international reputation for speed and punctuality, little is understood about what makes it work so well and what its impact is.

This is a comprehensive account of the history of the shinkansen, from its planning during the Pacific War, to its launch in 1964 and subsequent development. It goes on to analyze the reasons behind the bullet train's success, and demonstrates how it went from being simply a high-speed rail network to attaining the status of iconic national symbol. It considers the shinkansen's relationship with national and regional politics and economic development, its financial viability, the environmental challenges it must cope with, and the ways in which it reflects and influences important aspects of Japanese society. It concludes by considering whether the bullet train can be successful in other countries developing high-speed railways. Overall, this book provides a thorough examination of the phenomenon of the shinkansen, and its relationship with Japanese society.

List of figuresp. ix
List of tablesp. xi
Notes on stylep. xiii
Preface and acknowledgementsp. xv
Map of Japan and shinkansen linesp. xix
Introductionp. 1
From bullet train to low flying planep. 18
Ambassador of Japanp. 44
Whose line is it anyway?p. 71
The bottom linep. 91
The need for trainingp. 130
Mirror of Japanp. 162
Conclusionp. 196
Chronology of significant dates in the history of the shinkansenp. 211
Shinkansen lines and stationsp. 220
Shinkansen typesp. 231
Glossary and abbreviationsp. 236
Notesp. 240
Bibliographyp. 250
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780415320528
ISBN-10: 0415320526
Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 27th January 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.2  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1