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Japan to offer bullet-train improvements to Taiwan

TAIPEI--The Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) is planning to sign a contract with the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) to provide it with bullet train technology, Japanese media reports said Saturday.

JR Central will help THSRC, which operates the country's high speed railway, to improve its operation and management systems, including an automatic train control system for a planned line between Taipei and Nangang and systems to control operations in case of earthquakes.

A contract between the two companies is expected to be signed within several months, the reports said, adding it will be the first time the Japanese company has struck such a deal with an overseas rail company.

The THSRC began operations in 2007, using bullet trains based on a Japanese model, marking Japan's first successful export of its high-speed trains.

In 2011, the government expressed hope that JR Central would provide assistance for rail safety improvements, according to the reports.

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