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20131219_train_article_main_imageRail transport services in Japan are provided by more than 100 private companies, including

  • Six Japan Railways Group (JR) regional companies (state owned until 1987) which provide passenger services to most parts of Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu;
  • The nationwide JR freight company; and
  • 16 major regional companies which provide railway services as part of their corporate operations. There are also dozens of smaller local private railways.

Many of the private rail companies rank among the top corporations in the country. Railways were built by private corporations developing integrated communities along the railway lines, allowing them to achieve profitability by diversifying into real estate, retail, and numerous other businesses.[1] Regional governments, and companies funded jointly by regional governments and private companies, also provide rail service.

There are 27,268 km of rail crisscrossing the country. JR (a group of companies formed after privatization of JNR) controlled 20,135 km of these lines as of March 31, 1996, with the remaining 7,133 km in the hands of private enterprise local railway companies. Japan's railways carried 22.24 billion passengers (395.9 billion passenger-kilometres) in fiscal 2006.[2][

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livewireIt may not have that same attention-grabbing roar, but Harley’s latest motorcycle has lots of other things going for it: for starters, a non-existent appetite for gasoline. It’s being called Project LiveWire – the first Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle, which was announced publicly in June.

The bike, which is battery-powered with an electric motor, isn’t the first entrant into the market of electric motorcycles. Manufacturers Zero Motorcycles and Mission Motors have been producing electric motorcycles for a while, Businessweek points out. But Harley’s entrance promises a wider spread of the technology, which has been slower to catch on than in cars.

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The LiveWire boasts a 74 horsepower motor – beating by a fair bit the Prius’s 60 hp. According to Popular Science the bike can go 53 miles between charges and takes just 3.5 hours to charge on a 220-volt outlet. And it can hit top speeds of 92 mph – not too shabby.

It’s not got the grit of a traditional Harley. But, Businessweek says, the company may be taking aim at a non-traditional demographic:

Electric motorcycles are much less intimidating for a novice rider, since

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How long have humans wished to fly? Likely from the moment hominins first gazed up at a bird and wondered How? Why?
Every subsequent civilization created myths, legends, gods and goddesses around flight. Flying dreams are a common part of the human experience. And although there is a universal desire to take wing, some cautionary tales emerged, too. In Western civilization, the Greek myth of Icarus is illuminating. Icarus’ father made two sets of wings consisting of feathers and wax so that he and his son could leave the island of Crete. The father warned his son not to fly too close to the ocean or the sun, but Icarus became giddy and carelessly soared too high. The sun melted the wax, and he fell into the sea.Certainly, the Earth-bound folks who first built wings and strapped them on their arms understood the risks, but some gave it a try. The lucky ones never got off the ground, and those who launched from cliffs and promontories probably crashed and died.
It wasn’t until the 1400s that Leonardo da Vinci

If you own a yacht then you already know the amazing feeling of being out on the open water, sailing through those lakes or even the ocean with all your friends and family by your side, but sometimes you want something a little bit different. Maybe you don’t want to sail through the same body of water all the time and you just don’t have the time to take your boat all the way around to the place you do want to sail. That’s where Seven Seas comes in, because we can get your boat anywhere you want it, when you want it, so all you have to do is sail.

Whether you’re in California looking to sail out in Maine or anywhere in the United States looking to head off to Jamaica, we can get your yacht or other pleasure boat there. Offering services from lift on – lift off, roll on – roll off and float on – float off, we can handle any type and size of boat you have and make sure that it’s transported safely in the manner you like best. Each method is capable of keeping your boat safe and making


Lamborghini, which today is known for its lightning fast, super sexy cars, was once a maker of tractors! The man credited for this transformation was none other than Ferruccio Lamborghini, the father of the brand, who 50 years ago took it upon himself to build machines that could challenge the likes of Ferrari. The vehicles offered by Lamborghini are for those who enjoy the finer tastes in life.

Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Northeastern Italy. There it manufactures some of the world’s most sought-after super sports cars. Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is an Italian brand and manufacturer of luxury sports cars and, formerly, SUVs, which is owned by the Volkswagen Group through its subsidiary brand division Audi.4, Lamborghini offers a new dimension in luxury super sports cars.

With 130 dealerships worldwide including few in India, Automobili Lamborghini is building on a succession of dynamic and elegant super sports cars including the 350GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, Reventón Coupe, Reventón Roadster, Aventador and Gallardo.

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Stabiljack offers an ergonomic way to load and stabilize spotted trailers. It employs a wide-spread, twin jack system with 100,000 lbs. of capacity. This two jack system tolerates the eccentric loading as well as rocking motion of trailers as they’re loaded or unloaded by material handling equipment.

The unit rolls into place by exerting only eight pounds of force. The twin jacks can be conveniently lowered or raised simultaneously by an onboard crank (M1 model) or a push button (M2 model). The positioning of the unit is done manually and guided by an onboard flag. The flag helps determine its proper position in two axis. It also alerts backing tractors of the Stabiljack presence under the truck in daylight hours.

Reflective tape and photoluminescent strips communicate presence in night operations. Onboard brakes prevent the unit from wandering on sloped approaches while the unit is stored.

Imagine a major city where 35 percent of all traffic is people on bikes. Or think even bigger--an entire nation where 27 percent of all trips are pedal-powered.

This is not some Utopia dreamed up by a 24-year-old after too many handcrafted beers. These are real places located in modern societies with high levels of car ownership. Places not so different from the US named Copenhagen and the Netherlands.

Don’t believe it? Go there, and you can see for yourself. You’ll be surprised to find these are great places for everyone, no matter how they get around, because cities that work for bicyclists are more vital, prosperous, convenient and attractive places to live and work.

It’s never been easier for local leaders across the US to experience life in these world-class communities. Next summer PeopleForBikes, a Colorado-based non-profit, is organizing tours of Denmark and the Netherlands to offer public officials, planners, civic activists and business leaders practical lessons about how to help their own cities thrive. (Minimum of four participants from each community.)

“These tours are 20 percent about bikes and 80 percent about how to make great places full of economic, social and cultural wealth,” said PeopleForBikes’ Zach Vanderkooy in a phone conversation

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Anybody who has witnessed the spectacle of a seven-tonne lorry reversing over a canal bridge in Amsterdam will applaud fresh innovation in the city’s delivery systems. These narrow 17th-century bridges and streets are no home for huge vehicles, which often look alarmingly close to toppling into the water as their stressed driver painstakingly inches along, attempting not to hit the cyclists overtaking on all sides.

Fortunately, a solution has materialised. An inventive alternative for the transportation of local food has taken shape in the form of Foodlogica. Rather than a grand attempt to reconcile the city’s needs with its ancient infrastructure, Foodlogica is a clever solution to a very real paradox: sustainable food is not sustainably transported. Founder and local food champion, Francesca Miazzo, has set out to rectify the faulty link in an otherwise ethical food system used by many Amsterdammers – a system in which the journey between conscious consumer and sustainable producer is made by gas guzzling vehicles that exacerbate pollution and congestion. As well as the obvious environmental ramifications, this kind of food transportation is a blot on the landscape of a city that is, in general, a joy to travel around in.