November 29, 2019 - -

Not a single passenger has ever been killed or injured on the Shinkansen network over its 55-year history

October of 1964 marked the age of Japan's bullet train era, as Tokyo saw a sleek blue trail glide through its urban sprawl.

It was the defining symbol of the country's astounding recovery from World War II. With the hosting of the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, this technological phenomenon marked the Japan's return to the forefront of the international community.

In the 55 years since that first train, the word Shinkansen -- meaning "new trunk line" -- has become an internationally recognized byword for speed, travel efficiency and modernity.

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