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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. 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, 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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