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Abe push for maglev system due to China factor

Whoever wins the technological competition could reap major international rewards from exports, say backers

An L0 series maglev train, developed by Central Japan Railway Co, on a track ahead of a trial run in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture. Maglev promises to slash travel times dramatically with train speeds of up to 500 kilometres per hour.


COMPETITION in high-speed transportation systems is hotting up in Asia as Japan prepares to accelerate development of its magnetic levitation (maglev) system - an area where China has already launched the world's first commercially operating maglev service in Shanghai.