The Central Japan Railway Company is in the midst of an 8-day testing period for its maglev (magnetically levitated) train, which can travel at speeds up to 311mph. Japan's bullet trains currently run at about 200mph. The first trial run which included 100 passengers on board operated between the cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki in the Yamanashi Prefecture. The 42.8 km trip whizzed by as the train travelled at speeds of up to 500 kilometres per hour. If all goes as planned, the maglev trains will be operational 2027, providing a 40-minute trip between Nagoya and Tokyo (normally 80 minutes).
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