The Shinkansen (???, new trunk line) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies. Starting with the T?kaid? Shinkansen (515.4 km) in 1964, the network has expanded to currently consist of 2,387.7 km (1,483.6 mi) of lines with maximum speeds of 240–320 km/h (150–200 mph), 283.5 km (176.2 mi) of Mini-shinkansen lines with a maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph), and 10.3 km (6.4 mi) of spur lines with Shinkansen services. The network presently links most major cities on the islands of Honshu and Kyushu, with construction of a link to the northern island of Hokkaido underway.
By using a smartphone or PC, the lights can be switched on or off individually and the brightness can also be adjusted. The ability to remotely control power consumption is expected to make LED lighting even more energy efficient.
Sharp Electronics Corporation today unveiled two new multi-function Blu-ray Disc players as well as a line of sound bars and audio systems. These new products will be available in spring of 2012. Distinguishing highlights include the evolution of Sharp's Blu-ray players to multi-functional devices for entertainment content management and new sound bar and desktop solutions for audio enthusiasts and novices alike.