June 30, 2013

Japanese shinkansen directly linked to economic growth through quick movement of people and freight


"Passenger and cargo figures grew on Japan's main railway lines, especially the Tokaido line, along with the rapid economic growth in the latter half of the 1950's, making the improvement of Japan's ability to move freight an issue"

Source: A History of the Shinkansen
By Gotanda Masahiro
Nipponica, NO 6, 2012, page 12