The Man Who Created Shinkansen
A Story Of An Admirable Engineer
Sir: Now, together with an assistant A, we are mentioning about “The Man Who Created Shinkansen,” a biography of Shima Hideo.
A: Sir, I'd not seen you after "Niagara Calendar'78
S: Long time no see, you. Anyway, that's a biography of a Japanese man who build Shinkansen written by Takahashi Dankichi. We cannot get rid of this story when talking about our economic growth because it has supported long-range transport in Japan.
A: In America, we're difficult to find long-distance trains since they usually use their cars for long-distance transportation, sir.
S: They have some like the Amtrak... I heard those often get late and they hardly use except New York and Washington DC. I guess so smart is the Acela Express, however.
A: Get back in a story of Shima Hideo, sir.
S: I see. Well, Hideo's father'd belonged to the Train Department before the war. Then, he took his father's will and got to develop Shinkansen. At the time, however, most thought next age must have been developed by cars, not trains. So his idea was guessed to be out of date.
A: Just like this website, sir.
S: Take away such a nasty joke! LOL It means Hideo was never being welcomed by the situation. So he became a swindler and discussed with the World Bank. I believe his bargaining was awesome!
A: What kind of bargaining, sir?
S: The World Bank doesn't invest in new technology. So Hideo told them like this. "All we're trying is a medley of what we used to do. There's nothing novel and dangerous." As he said, Shinkansen has not caused a big accident since they started in 1964. So we cannot deny what he said.
A: How smart!
S: It's said a man of the World Bank said "Japan's Shinkansen is the greatest example among all we have invested."
A: You must use Shinkansen for going to Tokyo from now on, sir.
S: Let me choose the way, pleeeeeeeeeeeease!
A: See you next time!
About The Man Who Created Shinkansen
・Written by Takahashi Dankichi
・Published by Shogakukan Inc. (2000)