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Japan launches new Shinkansen bullet train



Japan launches new Shinkansen bullet train
(CNN) – The latest record-breaking bullet train in Japan not only runs faster and smoother – it is also capable of transporting passengers to safe places in the event of an earthquake.
That N700S – ‘S’ stands for ‘Supreme’ – began operating July 1 and serves the Tokaido Shinkansen line, which connects Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka.

It can run up to 360 kilometers per hour, a new record set during trials in 2019, making it one of the fastest trains in the world. Operating speed, however, will be limited to 285 kilometers per hour.

The interior view of the new N700S shinkansen bullet car, which began operating on July 1, initially connected Tokyo with Osaka.

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This is the first new bullet train model to be added to the Tokaido Shinkansen line by the Central Japan Railway (JR Central) in 13 years, a launch originally scheduled to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 – now postponed to 2021.

Coincidentally, Japan inaugurated the Tokaido Shinkansen line in 1964, connecting Tokyo and Osaka, just in time for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo that same year. It was the first high-speed railroad in the world.

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Wise appearance N700S it doesn’t look too different from the older N700 or N700A models, apart from the elegant gold logo.

But look closely and you will see the new train has a more angular nose, chubbier “cheeks” and a sleeker design of lights.

On the inside, the newly designed seats allow passengers to lie down further, offering more comfort, especially for long distance riders. Each seat has its own power jack.

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Interior lighting has been designed to create a softer and more relaxed atmosphere. The overhead luggage rack will light up at each stop to remind passengers of their belongings.

More reservation-specific storage areas for extra large luggage have been added to this model as well.

The Shinkansen N700S bullet train, which only started commercial service on July 1, connects Tokyo with Osaka.

The Shinkansen N700S bullet train, which only started commercial service on July 1, connects Tokyo with Osaka.

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The actual journey will be much calmer and smoother, too, thanks to a new active suspension system that helps absorb train movements.

In addition to focusing on increasing comfort, the designer behind this new model emphasizes safety.

The train has an improved automatic brake and control system that allows it to stop faster in the event of an emergency.

It is also equipped with a self-propulsion lithium-ion battery system – the first of its kind in the world. This system allows the train to run at its own short distance during a power outage and will allow it to move to a safer location at low speed if stranded in high-risk areas – on bridges or tunnels, for example – during an earthquake.

More cameras have also been installed in the car compartment – an increase from two cameras to six in each train car.

Enhanced components will take up less space under the train floor compared to older models, allowing for more flexible configurations, from four to 16 cars. It also reduces energy consumption while speeding up production time, making it a more attractive choice for international operators.

“By making the mechanism under the N700S floor lighter and more compact, we are creating new standards,” Masayuki Ueno, deputy head of the JR Central railroad business department, told Japanese broadcasters NHK in an interview in 2019.

“This new standard will also help in developing our business overseas.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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