Nishi-Nippon Railroad

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Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd.
Native name
西日本鉄道株式会社
Public KK (TYO: 9031)
Industry Private railroad
Founded December 17, 1908 (1908-12-17)
Founder Nagayoshi Nakamura
Area served
Fukuoka Prefecture
Website www.nishitetsu.co.jp
Nishitetsu bus
Nishitetsu Highway Bus
Nishitetsu train

The Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd. (西日本鉄道株式会社 Nishinippon Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha?), also called Nishitetsu (西鉄?) or NNR, TYO: 9031 is one of Japan's "Big 16" private railroad companies. With headquarters in Fukuoka, it operates local and highway buses, supermarkets, real estate and travel agencies, as well as railways in Fukuoka Prefecture.

In addition, in 1943 the company owned the Nishitetsu Baseball Club, a team in the Japanese Baseball League. From 1950 to 1972, the company owned the Lions (in 1950, known as the Clippers), a Pacific League baseball team.

The company introduced nimoca, a smart card ticketing system, in May 2008.[citation needed]

Routes[edit]

Nishi-Nippon Railroad operates four railway lines, the first three listed below being 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) (standard gauge), whilst the Kaizuka Line is an isolated 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow-gauge line:

Major local bus routes extend to Kitakyushu and serve other municipalities in the prefecture. Long-haul routes carry traffic to other prefectures in Kyushu, across the Kanmon Straits to Shimonoseki, and serve Osaka, Nagoya, and Shinjuku in Tokyo.

Real state investment[edit]

In 2015 Nishitetsu along with Hankyu Hanshin Holdings and a Vietnamese real estate company set up a joint venture to develop condominiums in Vietnam, initially in Ho Chi Minh City.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japanese railway duo rolling into Vietnam with condos". Nikkei Asian Review (Nihon Keizai Shimbun). March 24, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 

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