新幹線 in Florida?

29 Apr

I grew up in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. I left there two decades ago…but it’s still where I grew up.

So I was interested when I heard a story on the TV news recently that involved both Tampa, Florida and Japan.

The news said that Florida plans to build a 新幹線 (bullet train) line from Tampa to Orlando and continue on to Miami.

When I lived in Florida, there was no public transportation system to speak of…and definitely no train—especially a bullet train!

Many countries, including Japan, are putting bids in to build this new train line for Florida.

The trains in Japan are spotless, safe, and extremely punctual. But I wonder if it’ll be the same situation in America, even if Japan builds the bullet train system for them…because a big factor in Japan’s excellent public transportation system is not only the technology but also Japan’s culture itself.

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Until yesterday, Japan had a fifteen year 時効 (Statute of Limitations) for murder.
That meant that if someone killed another person in Japan and the police couldn’t catch them with that time limit they would be free of any chance of prosecution for that crime from then on.

But a new law was passed yesterday that completely abolished the Statute of Limitations for murder…and it’s retroactive. So there is now no Statute of Limitations for any murder committed on 1995 April 28 or later.

Actually, this bill was rushed through the Japanese Senate in order to be passed yesterday because there is an unsolved murder case that occurred on that exact date of 1995 April 28…so if this bill wasn’t passed into law yesterday, whoever it was that stabbed an elderly couple to death in their home and then burned their house down (apparently in an effort to cover their crime) would be free from any possibility of being punished for that heinous crime.
But now there is no longer a time limit for the police to catch murderers in Japan.

(Thankfully though, the violent crime rate in Japan is extremely low.)

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3 Responses to “新幹線 in Florida?”

  1. Tornadoes28 April 29, 2010 at 5:04 am #

    I heard about that Florida proposal as well. There are many proposed bullet train lines for around the United States, especially with Obama’s support. California has a proposed system that is actually further along than any other. Voters have already approved over 10 billion dollars in bond money to start it and the feds have promised several billion more. The line will go from San Diego through Los Angeles and up to San Francisco and the total estimate is over $40 billion. The Japanese are one of the countries being considered to help build it along with France, Germany and China.

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    • tokyo5 April 29, 2010 at 9:49 am #

      Actually, I heard about the California one too.
      JR 東日本 (JR East Japan), which is the train service in the Tokyo area, is bidding for the California project.

      JR東海 (JR Tokai) is the part of “Japan Rail” that is trying to get the contract for Florida.

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  2. tokyo5 April 29, 2010 at 2:17 am #

    I almost forgot to mention…today is a holiday in Japan.
    「昭和の日」 (“Showa Day“).

    My FAQ about this holiday is here:
    http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~tokyo5/faq.html#showanohi

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