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Faster bullet train aims to give airlines a run for their money

JR East's new shinkansen to shorten trip from Tokyo to Sapporo by 3 hours

A prototype nose section, still incomplete, of a next-generation shinkasen bullet train capable of traveling at 360 km per hour. (Photo by Keigo Iwamoto)
A prototype nose section, still incomplete, of a next-generation shinkasen bullet train capable of traveling at 360 km per hour. (Photo by Keigo Iwamoto)

TOKYO -- East Japan Railway unveiled Wednesday a cutting-edge shinkansen bullet train that is expected to slash by nearly 40% the travel time between Tokyo and Sapporo when the route goes into service.

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