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Wednesday, 30th April 2014
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Collector coins to feature Shinkansen

Japan's famed Shinkansens will feature on a 1,000 yen commemorative coin, in celebration of the bullet train's 50th anniversary this coming October.

This is according to an announcement from the Finance Ministry on Friday (April 25th), which said it is making the move due to the unique place the Shinkansen holds in people's hearts.

"The shinkansen is an important social infrastructure supporting people’s lives and economic activities. We will commemorate the 50th anniversary of its launch on October 1st this year," Finance Minister Taro Aso said at a news conference.

A mock-up of the coin design was also released, featuring the original 0 series train with a snow-covered Mount Fuji in the background, embellished with cherry blossoms.

Bullet train services started in 1964 between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations and quickly became known throughout the world for their efficiency, punctuality and safety even during earthquakes.

Written by Graham McPherson


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