Japanese railways launch global push

Japanese railways want their high-speed trains to become the global standard.

The International High-Speed Rail Association met in Tokyo on Thursday for the first time.

The association brings together four major Japanese railroad companies.

Officials hosted representatives from 7 countries including the U.S., U.K., and India.

The meeting took place on the 50th birthday of Japan’s bullet train.

Since their launch in 1964, the bullet trains have been free of fatalities.

Japanese rail executives hope that joining forces will boost efforts to export Japan’s bullet train technology overseas.