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Japan's fastest bullet train to squeeze out trip every 5 minutes

Meticulous planning and technology are behind Nozomi's packed timetable

All older bullet train models on the Tokaido shinkansen line will be replaced with the N700A, which has a top speed of 285 km per hour. (Photo by Masayuki Kozono)

TOKYO -- Japan's fastest Nozomi shinkansen bullet train service will start running as frequently as every five minutes between Tokyo and Osaka next spring, thanks to new trains and station updates to allow for one of the most tightly-packed rail schedules in the world.

Central Japan Railway will replace all of its older bullet train models in the spring of 2020 with the N700A, which has a top speed of 285 km per hour and can travel between the Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations in under two and a half hours. This will allow the operator to revamp its timetable, now arranged around the slower models, increasing the number of Nozomi trains in an hour to a maximum of 12 from 10.

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