‘Japan’s Shinkansen example of excellent rail project’
KUALA LUMPUR: The unparalleled safety features of Japan’s Shinkansen highspeed railway are one reason why it is the most preferred mode of transportation among the Japanese.
East Japan Railway Company executive vice-president Yuji Fukazawa said the Shinkansen had maintained a zero-casualty track record since it was first introduced in 1964.
“It has transported 10.2 billion passengers since the start of the service, with no casualties recorded for more than 50 years. We take pride in this achievement,” said Yuji yesterday.
He was one of the panellists for the third High-Speed Rail (HSR) Symposium themed “Sharing 52 years’ experience of the Shinkansen”, which was held here yesterday.
The symposium provided a platform for countries to share knowledge and expertise on the upcoming Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project.
The Taiwan HSR connecting Taipei and Kaohsiung, which started operations in 2007, was one system that adopted Japan’s Shinkansen technology.
Taiwan HSR Corp chief operating officer John Chen said Taiwan HSR’s annual ridership growth was proof that it was a reliable, important and necessary mode of transportation in the country.
“The HSR system affects our lives, economy, environment and future development. As for Taiwan, we have benefited greatly from this system as it has fundamentally transformed the transportation system of the Taiwan western corridor,” said Chen.
Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Dr Syed Hamid Albar, who delivered a keynote speech earlier, said Malaysia was fortunate to learn from many other HSR projects around the world.
“The Shinkansen, Japan’s national pride, is a rail technology that is revered for its efficiency and safety measures.
“What really sets the Japan bullet train system apart from its competitors is the way it is operated, with the country being proud of its track record of zero fatalities in its 52 years of operations.”
Hamid said the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR would be a game changer and pull isolated regions closer, as well as spur socio-economic growth and development.
He also thanked the Japanese government for hosting the symposium here.
“SPAD will have the challenge of setting up standards and regulations for the HSR. In doing so, we will never compromise safety as it is of paramount importance,” he added. By Beatrice Nita Jay
Japan’s high-speed train system has maintained a zero-casualty track record since it was first introduced in 1964.