The Shinkansen first operated at the time of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964, and quickly smashed the world’s fastest recorded train speed of 160km/hr (held by France) at 210km/hr. This marked the beginning of the Superexpress Age.
While the Shinkansen possesses superior pickup and braking capabilities, safety is enhanced by the use of ATS (Automatic Train Supervision).
In October 2004, the Shinkansen derailed for the first time during the Niigata Chuetsu earthquake. It was a miracle that no one was injured.