This chapter explores Japan’s regional development based on the linear megalopolis and transport infrastructure, the high-speed rail Shinkansen. Japan became one of the richest, most urbanized countries during the 20th century. After the Second World War (WWII), Japan recovered rapidly. The driver of it was the Shinkansen, which started operation just before the Tokyo Olympics 1964. The passenger numbers continued to increase, despite the development of expressways and the establishment of a national airline company providing service between major cities as a competitor. The Shinkansen network was further extended, enabling passengers to travel by railway from north to south. The railway system of Japan has entered a new era, with progress on the construction of the superconducting maglev SCMAGLEV. The maglev will run between Tokyo and Osaka in 70 minutes, implying a creation of mega-region. The chapter concludes with the discussion of prospects and emerging role of SCMAGLEV.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Handbook of Regional Design|
|Editors||Michael Neuman, Wil Zonneveld|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Apr 2021|