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Japan turns to bullet trains for speedy delivery of fresh seafood

Two-day shipping time shrinks to eight hours thanks to shinkansen

The Joetsu shinkansen bullet train will feature in a proving test this month transporting seafood from Niigata Prefecture to Tokyo.

TOKYO -- One of Japan's shinkansen bullet trains has started same-day deliveries to the capital of shrimp freshly caught on the other side of the island nation, in a trial that could expand the speedy passenger transport into a unique logistic tool.

The Joetsu Shinkansen, run by East Japan Railway, also known as JR East, on Tuesday began to ship on a trial basis sweet shrimp caught in the waters off the west-coast port city of Niigata. The boat-to-store time was roughly eight hours, down from as long as two days conventionally.

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