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Japanese railway clocks new maglev speed record

NAGOYA -- JR Tokai, the main railway operator in central Japan, set a new speed record Thursday when the magnetic-levitation train it is testing in Yamanashi Prefecture clocked in at 590kph, breaking its old record of 581kph set 12 years ago.

     This new record could be short-lived, however, because JR Tokai intends to gun for 600kph next Tuesday. If it accomplishes that feat, it will submit the event for a Guinness world record.

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