Tokyo Podcast 30: Shinkansen

One of the most iconic images of Japan is that of the gleaming white bullet train passing in front of Mount Fuji. The shinkansen as it’s known in Japan is a marvel of technology and engineering and despite it’s international reputation for speed and safety not much is known about what makes it work so well.

On this show Anthony delves into the history and details of the shinkansen with author Christopher Hood who talks about his book, Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan and the impact high speed rail has had on Japan.

Anthony also talks about the uncertain future Japan faces as it turns off the last remaining active nuclear power plant.

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