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Japan gears up for Malaysia-Singapore rail tender

China, France and South Korea also eyeing region's first high-speed project

Panelists make presentations during the high-speed rail symposium (May 3, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Japan is stepping up its efforts ahead of a tender for the proposed 350 km high-speed rail linking Malaysia's capital to Singapore.

With a track record in high-speed rail, known as the Shinkansen system, Japanese public and private sectors are coming together to pitch for the project, which has an estimated cost of 60 billion ringgit ($14 billion).

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