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Published on : Saturday, August 13, 2016
About 38 high-speed railway trains were operational during the time when Japan was struck by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake during 11th March, 2011, in the northern portions of the country. The good news is that none of the passengers on these trains had been hurt since the trains had all come to a halt, according to Masato Ohtaka, deputy press secretary, Japanese foreign ministry.
He said that since the last 50 years, hundreds of trains had been operating in the country and luckily there have not been any reports of fatal accidents so far. He said that since the trains were all high-speed, it did not adversely impact the passengers travelling inside them.
He said that maintaining such an efficient railway system requires a great deal of effort.
Ohtaka then said that the approximate time of delay of the trains is nearly about 30 seconds. He, said that this is one of the reasons that makes Japan really proud of its Shinkansen train system that is about 52 years old. Next, he said that the people of Japan was eager to enable the Filipinos to enjoy the facility of such punctual and safe trains as well.
Ohtaka then offered a loan to Philippines amounting to $2.37 billion for the purpose of building a railway that is about 38 kms.
The proposed railway, namely the North-South Commuter Railway Project would connect Malolos in Bulacan and Tutuban in Manila.
The Japanese Embassy stated that the proposed railway project has an aim to strengthen Metro Manila’s transportation network and help Manila get rid of the transport mess. It also said that the project would go a long way towards freeing Manila from air pollution.
On 11th August, Fumio Kishida, Japanese Foreign Minister and Rodrigo Duterte, President of Philippines discussed this project in a meeting.
Masato Ohtaka also discussed the Malolos-Tutuban railway project with the mediapersons on Friday. He declared that the loan that Japan had offered to pay for the construction of Manila-Tutuban railway is ‘one of the biggest Japanese yen loans ever’.
When Ohtaka was asked about the reason why the railway project is so crucial in Japan, he replied that Japan was keen to see Philippines prosper as it is an important partner of the country.
Next, he said that a majority of the economic activity in Philippines is based around the area of Manila and that transportation issues might create problems if the solutions are not provided on time. He said that he sympathizes with the Filipino and that the project should be completely quickly.
Ohtaka, however is not certain if the Philippines would utilize 100% Japanese technology to construct the proposed railway project.
Normally, the trains in Philippines are frequently delayed and are in a dilapidated condition.