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Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Routledge
Publication date April 1, 2006
Pages 266
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780415320528
ISBN-10 0415320526
Dimensions 0.50 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.34 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $168.00
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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.

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9780415320528 | details & prices | 266 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 1.34 lbs | List price $168.00
About: The image of the shinkansen – or ‘bullet train’ – passing Mount Fuji is one of the most renowned images of modern Japan.
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