Japanese government urged to complete Maglev construction as soon as possible

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Japanese government urged to complete Maglev construction as soon as possible

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The Association for the Promotion of the Maglev Train Line urges the Japanese government and JR companies to build the entire line as soon as possible.

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Info based on Mainichi Shimbun 2021/6/6 Local Edition

 On June 4, the Japan Association for the Promotion of the Construction of the Central Linear Railway, which is made up of nine prefectures along the Central Linear Railway, announced that it had mailed a letter to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Central Japan Railway Company, and other related organizations requesting the early construction of the entire linear railway line.


Info based on Mainichi Shimbun 2021/6/6 Local Edition https://mainichi.jp/articles/20210606/d ... 20/117000c Accesed June 6, 2021.
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Speeding up of construction of Shizuoka section requested

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Early construction of Shizuoka section requested

 On August 10, a general meeting of the Alliance for the Promotion of the Construction of the Central Linear Shinkansen, made up of the prefectural government, municipalities in the prefecture, the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Chubu Economic Federation, issued a formal written statement. It calls for the central government and JR Tokai to develop the Shizuoka section, which Shizuoka Prefecture has not allowed to start, as soon as possible while reducing the impact on the natural environment of the section.

See: https://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/308927 Accessed: August 11, 2021
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Maglev line starting date still up in the air as costs keep rising

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Maglev line starting date still up in the air as costs keep rising



Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) initially planned to have the Chuo Shinkansen Line in operation between the capital’s Shinagawa Station and Nagoya Station in 2027, with a later connection to Osaka.

The maglev line will go through Shizuoka Prefecture, but the prefectural government has raised concerns that construction work could change the volume of water available along the Oigawa river, which runs through the prefecture and is part and parcel of residents’ livelihoods.

JR Tokai is trying to win over municipal governments in the prefecture, but those talks are in the very early stages.

The planned maglev line will have no train stop in Shizuoka Prefecture, so residents expect no direct benefits from the project.

Although there is no indication of how long the prospective opening date will be put off, the total project cost estimate has grown to 10.5 trillion yen ($95 billion).

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In April, it was learned that the construction cost projection for the Shinagawa-Nagoya section had grown by 1.5 trillion yen because of anti-quake measures and other factors.

The estimate for the entire project, including the eventual extension to Shin-Osaka Station, has grown from 9 trillion yen to more than 10 trillion yen.

JR Tokai was initially expected to pay the costs on its own.

The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, however, extended 3 trillion yen in low-interest loans for the project to move up the prospective opening date of the entire line from 2045 to 2037.

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The injection of taxpayers’ money has made it difficult for JR Tokai to press ahead with the plan based on its managerial business decision alone.

The delay in the opening has started to affect urban development projects in service areas.

Nagoya Railroad Co., for example, has put off plans to erect a high-rise building outside Nagoya Station by 2027.
Source: Asahi Shimbun: https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14453260 Accessed: October 17, 2021
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2021-10-17_The interior of an improved-type test maglev train car for the planned Chuo Shinkansen Line in Yamanashi Prefecture on Oct. 19, 2020 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
2021-10-17_The interior of an improved-type test maglev train car for the planned Chuo Shinkansen Line in Yamanashi Prefecture on Oct. 19, 2020 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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Source: Asahi Shimbun: https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14453260 Accessed: October 17, 2021
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JP Prime Minister: "Open the Shinagawa-Nagoya line as soon as possible"

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JP Prime Minister: "Open the Shinagawa-Nagoya line as soon as possible"


 On January 4, Prime Minister Kishida held a press conference after visiting Ise Jingu Shrine in Ise City, Mie Prefecture, and revealed his determination to open the Linear Central Shinkansen at an early date (photo by Yoichi Hayashi). Regarding the interim report compiled in December last year by a national expert panel discussing the issue of the amount of water in the Oi River in the Shizuoka section, he said, "We will work to realize the early opening of the linear line by using the report, striving to gain the understanding and cooperation of the local community, and reducing the impact of tunneling on the ecosystem. We will work to realize the project as soon as possible.

 Regarding the extension of the line between Nagoya and Osaka, he said, "Adjustments are being made regarding the location of stations, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is providing the necessary technical advice and cooperation for an early response. First of all, we aim to open the Shinagawa-Nagoya line as soon as possible, and then we will start construction of the Nagoya-Osaka line as soon as possible.


Source: Translated from Yomiuri: https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/chubu/n ... YTNT50191/ Accessed Jan. 05, 2022
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Gov. Abe and President of JR Tokai hold talks on linear maglev construction

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Gov. Abe and President of JR Tokai hold talks on linear maglev construction

Governor Moriichi Abe and President Shin Kaneko of the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Tokai) held an online meeting on the construction of the Linear Central Shinkansen. At the beginning of the meeting, which was open to the public, Governor Abe said that the landslide that occurred in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture due to fill dirt has "raised the interest of the local community about the soil generated" and asked for "more careful explanation to the local community. President Kaneko said, "It is important that we continue to communicate closely with the local community and gain their understanding as we proceed with the construction.

In an interview after the meeting, Governor Abe reiterated his request for careful explanations and responses to local residents regarding measures to prevent the recurrence of occupational accidents, early completion of the construction area in the prefecture, early indication of the opening date, and traffic safety for construction vehicles. He also asked for cooperation in securing the number of train stops at the time of the opening, promoting tourism in the region, creating a decarbonized society, and protecting the environment in the Southern Alps region.

Governor Abe said, "I believe that JR Tokai's goal of an early opening has not changed. I hope that they will proceed with the project as soon as possible with the understanding and cooperation of everyone concerned.

Source: http://www.nagano-np.co.jp/articles/89677 2022-02-10
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JR Tokai to invest 375 billion yen in the Linear Maglev in 2022

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JR Tokai announced that it will invest 375 billion yen in the Linear Central Shinkansen project in fiscal 2022/23, a 13% decrease from the previous financial year plan. Overall capital investment will be reduced for the first time in nine years to 683 billion yen, down 9% from the plan for the fiscal year ended March 31. In addition to the fact that the acquisition of land for the site has come to a halt, another underground tunnel construction project that is proceeding in a similar manner has caused a cave-in accident, which will affect the speed at which the linear construction work is being carried out.

Regarding the scheduled opening date of the Linear Linear line in 27, Kaneko reiterated on March 24 that "it is difficult to predict when construction in Shizuoka Prefecture is not expected to start. Investments for construction in Shizuoka Prefecture are not included in the current plan.

Source: Info based on Nikkei.com: https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQOFD ... 0C2000000/ Accessed: 2022-03-24
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[JP] Concerns about further delays for the Chuo Maglev Shinkansen

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Concerns about further delays in the Linear Line, expert panel to conduct site survey by fall.

On August 8, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism held a meeting of a panel of experts to discuss environmental protection measures for the Shizuoka section of the Linear Central Shinkansen Line, construction of which has not been approved by Shizuoka Prefecture due to concerns about environmental impact. The committee has been discussing the impact on water resources, but has now shifted its focus to ecosystems and other issues. By this fall, the committee will conduct field surveys and interviews with concerned parties. The committee will then organize the issues to be examined, including the items to be examined and their scope, and begin full-fledged discussions.

A Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism official explained that there is "absolutely no timetable" for the conclusion of the expert panel, and with the inevitable postponement of JR Tokai's planned 2027 opening of the Tokyo-Nagoya line, there is concern that further delays will occur.

In December of last year, the expert panel compiled an interim report on the impact on water resources, stating that "it is possible to maintain the flow rate," but the prefecture and JR Tokai are still discussing specific measures to be taken.

Inof based on https://www.iza.ne.jp/article/20220608- ... STWUOQNTA/ Accessed 2022-06-08
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[JP] The Alliance for the Promotion of the Linear Central Shinkansen Construction Project

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On March 3, a general meeting was held at a hotel in Tokyo by the Alliance for the Promotion of the Linear Central Shinkansen Construction Project, an organization of prefectures along the Shinkansen line. It was the first time in three years that the meeting was held face-to-face due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

 About 180 people from various prefectures attended the meeting, including Nobuichiro Seki, Vice Governor of Nagano Prefecture. The meeting called for the early start of construction of the Shizuoka section of the Shinkansen line, which has not yet been started, with the understanding of local governments, and resolved to "continue to study concrete measures for the earliest possible opening of the entire line and to take further measures.

 Under the National Shinkansen Railway Development Act, local governments are responsible for site negotiations for main lines and stations for the Linear Project, even if the project is "privately operated" by JR Tokai. In Nagano Prefecture, the Linear Improvement Promotion Bureau, established in 2015, is in charge of the county section.

Source: info based on https://www.shinmai.co.jp/news/article/ ... 2062500106 Accessed 2022-06-25

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(= Executives from the nine prefectures along the Linear Central Shinkansen Line gathered at the general meeting of the Alliance to Promote the Construction of the Linear Shinkansen Line. The role of local governments should not be limited to "promotion" of the project.)
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[JP] Gifu resolution calling for early construction

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Alliance urges safety measures for early development of the Linear Line
July 26, 2022, 05:05 PM (Updated July 26, 11:12 PM)
 The Gifu Prefecture Alliance for the Promotion of the Linear Shinkansen Construction held a general meeting on July 25 at the Higashi-Mino Fureai Center in Nakatsugawa City, and adopted an eight-point resolution calling for early construction and adequate safety measures toward the opening in 2045.

Source: https://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/514835 Accessed 2022-07-26

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[JP] Japanese government urged to complete Maglev construction as soon as possible

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リニア早期開業に向け 静岡工区の課題解決を決議
Resolution to Resolve Issues in Shizuoka Construction Zone for Early Opening of Linear Line




A resolution was adopted at the regular general meeting of an organization formed by the prefectural government and all municipalities in the prefecture that promotes the Linear Central Shinkansen project to resolve issues in the construction zone where Shizuoka Prefecture has not allowed JR Tokai and the national government to start construction.

The general meeting of the "Yamanashi Prefecture Alliance for Promoting the Construction of the Linear Central Shinkansen Line" was attended by approximately 170 people from local governments and JR Tokai, including Governor Nagasaki, who serves as chairman of the association.

Governor Nagasaki commented on the construction zone that Shizuoka Prefecture has not approved the start of construction, saying, "New measures for water resources in Shizuoka Prefecture have been presented, and discussions on environmental conservation have begun at a national expert panel, and new trends are emerging. The Association would like to encourage Shizuoka Prefecture and JR Tokai to resolve the issue and start the project as soon as possible.

In response, Mamoru Uno, Vice President of JR Tokai, said, "We would like to work toward an early start of the project so that the concerns of Shizuoka Prefecture and local residents can be allayed.


Source: Translation from NHK News, August 01, https://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/kofu/20220 ... 17600.html Accessed: 2022-08-01

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[JP] Aichi Prefecture Linear Alliance Adopts Resolution to Promote Linear Construction

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愛知県 リニア同盟会で国へのリニア建設促進の決議を採択
Aichi Prefecture Linear Alliance Adopts Resolution to Promote Linear Construction to the National Government


A general meeting of the Aichi Prefecture Alliance for the Promotion of the Linear Construction of the Linear Shinkansen Line, which is scheduled to open from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2027, was held and adopted a resolution requesting the government to start construction work on the section of the line that Shizuoka Prefecture has not approved for construction. The resolution called for the central government to provide support for the early start of construction work on the section of the line that Shizuoka Prefecture has not approved and to improve the convenience of Nagoya Station.

The general meeting, held in Nagoya City, was attended by more than 260 people, including Diet members, governors, mayors of municipalities, and representatives of economic organizations.

At the beginning of the meeting, Governor Omura, who serves as the chairman of the meeting, said, "This is an innovation that will connect Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes, and it is an engine for Japan's great growth. We will make every effort to promote the construction of the new line so that it will open as soon as possible.

The general meeting adopted a resolution calling on the national government and JR Tokai to start construction as soon as possible on the section of the line that Shizuoka Prefecture has not approved for construction, while obtaining the understanding of local governments, and to support redevelopment of the line to improve the convenience of transferring trains at Nagoya Station. The Alliance adopted the resolution.

The Alliance plans to submit the resolution to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Info based on translated text from NHK Japan, https://www3.nhk.or.jp/tokai-news/20220 ... 24048.html Accessed: August 03
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Re: Japanese government urged to complete Maglev construction as soon as possible

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It may be an ego trip for Japan but unless the SC maglev can have a 700 km/h overnight container train to reduce daytime fares below planes it will never be exported to big democratic countries.

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