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Japan bullet train to carry seafood for faster tunnel speed

JR Hokkaido and Sagawa Express seek ways to resolve 'potato bottleneck'

JR Hokkaido plans to deploy its shinkansen trains to deliver fresh seafood caught in the northern Japanese island. (Photo by Mari Ishibashi)

TOKYO -- Japan's bullet train planners will be experimenting, with stopwatch in hand, ways to increase speed for a planned shinkansen connection between Tokyo and the northern city of Sapporo.

Their goal is to complete the trip in four and a half hours, which they believe is the maximum to convince travelers to switch over from airplanes. But to do that, they have to tackle a bottleneck: potatoes and onions.

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