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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

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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.

Tokyo

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.

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