High-Speed Rail Development: Historical Context and Impact Evaluation

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High-Speed Rail DevelopmentHistorical Context and Impact Evaluation 


1 hour 6 minutes

About the Course

This course explores the impact of the Shinkansen, which played a significant role in Japan’s rise to become one of the strongest economy in the world. The Shinkansen transformed not only lifestyles and business practices but also became the preferred mode of transportation for domestic travel—contributing to greenhouse gas emission reductions, and contrasting with the prevalent use of cars and airplanes in many European countries.

It examines and explains the Quality of Life methodology as an integrated approach to help estimate the mutually beneficial effects that the Shinkansen brings to industries and quality of life . This method considers the increase in product distribution as income, and how the resulting lifestyle changes generate new demands for industries. By analyzing the interconnected relationships, we can gain insight into the impact of the Shinkansen on various aspects of society.

Learning Objectives

  • Better determine the appropriate timing to commence the construction of high-speed rail (HSR) based on the level of economic development.
  • Understand HSR’s superiority in speed and  carbon dioxide emission reduction.
  • Understand how HSR enhances citizens’ quality of life.

How to Complete this e-Course

  • Watch 4 short video lessons
  • Review open access reading materials
  • Successfully pass quiz with a score of 8/10 or higher
  • Answer feedback questions
  • Certificate with unique ID will be issued upon completion of course requirements


Yoshitsugu HayashiDistinguished 
Professor, Chubu University


Nghia Nguyen, Capacity Building and Training Associate, Asian Development Bank (ADBI)

Lilian Tan, E-Learning Consultant, Asian Development Bank Institute

Email: [email protected]

Reading list

  1. Sugimori, S.; Hayashi, Y.; Takeshita, H.; Isobe, T. (2022): Evaluating the Regional Economic Impacts of High-Speed Rail and Interregional Disparity: A Combined Model of I/O and Spatial Interaction. Sustainability, 14, 11545.
  2. Sugimori, S., Hayashi, Y., Takano, T., Morita, H., Takeshita, H., Rao, K.V.K., Isobe, T. (2022): Modeling the Mutual Enhancement of Regional Economy and Personal Quality of Life (QOL): A Case Study on the Mumbai–Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor in India. Future Transp, 2, 828–845.
  3. Yoshitsugu Hayashi, KE Seetha Ram and Shreyas Bharule (2000): Handbook on High-Speed Rail and Quality of Life. ADBI Press.
  4. Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Shigeru Morichi, Tae Hoon Oum and Werner Rothengatter (2015) Intercity Transport and Climate Change, Springer.
  5. Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Werner Rothengatter and KE Seetha Ram (2021) Frontiers in High-Speed Rail Development, ADBI Press
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