April 21, 2011

Japanese railway operators need to work closely with customers to design rolling stock Japan

"In Japan, ... the tracks are owned by railway operators, which also have a strong say in the development of train cars. Rolling stock makers have to manufacture cars according to customer specifications. The need to work closely with railway operators makes it difficult for foreign firms to enter the market. Indeed, none has ever supplied cars for a high-speed railway in Japan."

Source: Protectionism Charges Hit Japan Railcar Firms
Friday, October 22, 2010
Translated from an article by Nikkei staff writer Toyoki Nakanishi
Nikkei Business Daily

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