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Subway operator Tokyo Metro teaches tricks of the trade in Asia

Overseas operations focus on consulting and training in Vietnam and Philippines

Tokyo Metro will apply experience gained through its work on the Hanoi subway, shown under construction here, to its new project in Ho Chi Minh City.

TOKYO -- Tokyo Metro, which runs the city's largest subway network, is providing behind-the-scenes support to counterparts elsewhere in Asia, including helping a subway operator in Vietnam with management and offering worker training in the Philippines.

There is a great deal of potential demand for subways in Asia's bulging cities. More than 20 cities in Asia with more than 5 million people lack a passenger railway network, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency, or JICA. Many of these rapidly growing cities hope to absorb some of Japan's subway expertise.

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