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The photo of the shinkansen – or ‘bullet educate’ – passing Mount Fuji is without doubt one of the most famous photos of contemporary Japan. but, regardless of its foreign popularity for pace and punctuality, little is known approximately what makes it paintings so good and what its influence is.

This is a entire account of the heritage of the shinkansen, from its making plans through the Pacific struggle, to its release in 1964 and next improvement. It is going directly to study the explanations at the back of the bullet train’s good fortune, and demonstrates the way it went from being easily a high-speed rail community to reaching the prestige of iconic nationwide image. It considers the shinkansen’s dating with nationwide and neighborhood politics and monetary improvement, its monetary viability, the environmental demanding situations it needs to take care of, and the ways that it displays and affects vital points of jap society. It concludes via contemplating no matter if the bullet educate may be profitable in different international locations constructing high-speed railways. total, this booklet presents an intensive exam of the phenomenon of the shinkansen, and its courting with jap society.

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