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Saturday, January 6, 2007

Taiwan's Shinkansen 台湾の新幹線

Taiwan's long-delayed Shinkansen service finally started running yesterday, and the Japanese media (most of it anyway) is keen on the story. The Daily Yomiuri has a front-page article on it's website today http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/20070106TDY01003.htm. This is the first time Japan's Shinkansen technology has been exported. As the last paragraph in the Yomiuri article puts it:
"While Taiwan does not maintain diplomatic relations with Japan, the project is seen as a symbol of economic and technological exchange in the private sector between Japan and Taiwan."
The Japan Times also had a story on the new high-speed rail line http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nb20070106a5.html, but for some strange reason it was buried deep in their website.

UPDATE: I spotted the Shinkansen this afternoon as it was heading north, from high atop a hill overlooking Fengyuan, and with the aid of a pair of binoculars.

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