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Central Japan Railway launches new, more comfortable bullet train

Railway operator aims 'to be the global standard'

JR Central's new model N700S runs down the track in Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo: The company hopes to have 40 such trains operating by the end of fiscal 2022.     © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Central Japan Railway rolled out its latest-model bullet train on Wednesday, in its first full revamp of the high-speed train in 13 years. The company says the new bullet train, also known as the shinkansen, offers better performance and greater passenger comfort than earlier models.

The first N700S train service, dubbed Nozomi 1, departed from Tokyo Station at 6 a.m. The S in the model number stands for "supreme."

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