Essential survival tips for train commuters in Japan

A long-suffering Japanese commuter has written a book offering tips on how to survive the daily torment of the train journey to and from the office. Photo: Bloomberg

A long-suffering Japanese commuter has written a book offering tips on how to survive the daily torment of the train journey to and from the office.

Sunday, 14 April, 2013, 7:25am

Train driver killed, another injured in freak accident on Kunming subway

Train driver killed, another injured in freak accident on Kunming subway

A train driver was killed and another injured in a derailment yesterday during a test run on the second subway line in Kunming, Yunnan province.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

India hit by national strike over economic reforms

Samajwadi Party activists hold party flags and block a railway track during a protest in Allahabad, India, on Thursday. Photo: AP

Schools, shops and government offices were shut in some Indian states on Thursday as protesters blocked road and rail traffic as part of a one-day nationwide strike against sweeping economic reforms announced by the government last week.

20 Sep 2012 - 6:06pm

Asia briefs, August 29, 2012

Lawyer Tahir Naveed Chaudhry talks to media. Photo: AFP

Thousands taken off Myanmar blacklist

29 Aug 2012 - 2:55am

Failure of style over substance

Chronicle is the in the found-footage school - almost. It's less found-footage, and more that it incorporates the hand-held, point-of-view shots meant to replicate an amateur camera person, as the primary (possibly entire) mode of storytelling.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

China's test train targets 500km/h

The mainland has unveiled a prototype train in Qingdao capable of reaching 500km/h - in local terms, that's fast enough to get you from Kowloon to Tuen Mun in three minutes.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Crash 'could have been avoided'

Tuesday's crash on Shanghai's subway system has triggered a surge of fear and anger among mainlanders, with most pointing fingers at the government for the nation's public transport safety woes.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Slow down for the sake of people's safety

It took Japan more than 30 years of planning before the first Shinkansen 'bullet train' went into service in 1964. Its trains initially travelled at speeds of up to 210 km/h. It was only this year that speeds of 300 km/h became possible.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Braking point?

The Wenzhou bullet train disaster has called into question the pace of expansion of the high-speed-rail network and put the breakneck race for development on trial in the court of public opinion.

The crash, which killed at least 39 people, has caused nationwide soul-searching about the hasty expansion over the past decade.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Blackout strands new rail users

The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed train service was brought to a halt for nearly two hours on Sunday night, just 10 days after the link's high-profile launch.

The G151 service, bound for Shanghai Hongqiao, came to an emergency halt while travelling south through Shandong province, due to a power cut that state media claimed was caused by thunderstorms.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing needs to split up railways ministry

The mainland's railways have long been starved of investments, as the cold weather in the run-up to the Lunar New Year so harshly exposed. That is now changing, with Beijing increasing spending on the creaky system. Unfortunately, simply throwing more government money at the problem is unlikely to achieve the efficient modern network the country needs.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Lucky gown let go for good cause

Civic Party legislator Audrey Eu Yuet-mee yesterday donated the western-style red gown she wore at her wedding banquet 27 years ago to a fund-raising sale she co-organised with St James' Settlement.

The lawmaker described her search to find the right dress for a bride who was taller and bigger than the average Hong Kong woman.

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Bullet train heralds new era in rail travel

Beijing boasts that high-speed system will be faster than the wind

China declared a new era of high-speed rail travel as a home-made bullet train left Shanghai for Suzhou early yesterday morning, the first day of the sixth round of nationwide upgrades.

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Full speed ahead for rail development effort

China's top leaders have urged rail authorities to redouble manpower and technical preparations ahead of next week's nationwide rail acceleration, which will see trains reaching speeds of up to 250km/h for the first time.

11 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

'It's the busiest time of the year but also the happiest,' says rail worker

Q: How long have you worked here?

A: I've been working at the railways for 29 years. I first started repairing the tracks when I was 20 and did that for three years. Then I spent another three in the luggage room, several years collecting tickets, and finally came to work on the platform 10 years ago. I can't believe I'm retiring next year!

20 Feb 2007 - 12:00am