Friday, 1 January 2010

JR Tokai, Local Govts Bracing For Tough Talks Over Maglev Route

TOKYO (Nikkei)--With cost estimates for the proposed maglev train line between Tokyo and Nagoya have been released, Central Japan Railway Co. will now begin selecting the route and stations, a process that is likely to elicit impassioned pleas from localities that want a maglev line station.

Central Japan Railway, or JR Tokai, presented the figures for three possible routes to a Liberal Democratic Party selection committee Thursday.
The cheapest option would be the most direct route passing through the Japanese Southern Alps, with the cost estimated at 5.1 trillion yen. This line would be 286km long and have a travel time of 40 minutes.
A route running through the city of Suwa would be the costliest, at 5.74 trillion yen. The Nagano prefectural government is pushing for this option, which would be about 60km longer than the direct route, but JR Tokai said buying up residential land for the line will likely be difficult. The travel time between Tokyo and Nagoya would be seven minutes longer than with the direct route.
The third route would cut through Kiso Valley and cost an estimated 5.63 trillion yen. It would be 334km long and have a travel time of 46 minutes.
JR Tokai plans to release additional estimates for maintenance costs and passenger demand for each of the routes, possibly by the end of the month.
(The Nikkei June 19 morning edition)


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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Japan keeps Anne of Green Gables close to its heart.

Canada promotes new movie, a love story rooted in a Canadian classic, to boost travel to PEI.

The Japanese love affair with all things Anne of Green Gables shows no sign of abating. Following on successful campaigns in 2008, Tourism Prince Edward Island is to promote a new movie, “Looking for Anne,” in Japanese cities and towns for the next twelve months.

The story centres on Anri. Her grandmother, a huge fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel, has just passed away and Anri decides to visit Prince Edward Island. There, she discovers that granny was in love with a Canadian soldier when she was young. So Anri decides to track him down, meeting many locals along the way. The movie is a joint Canadian/Japanese production of Zuno Films and Grand Jeté.

The film comes hot on the heels of Before Green Gables (Konnichiwa, Anne),the animated TV series based on Budge Wilson’s prequel penned in 2008. Here, the tale focuses on Anne’s travails at Nova Scotia orphanages and foster homes before she lands at Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert’s farm in Avonlea.

Anne of Green Gables continues to have a powerful resonance with the Japanese, as shown by the 70% surge in visitor numbers to Prince Edward Island in 2008 the year of the book’s centenary.


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