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Japan's maglev line halts construction as outbreak spreads

Coronavirus emergency order idles projects nationwide

A maglev railway tunnel under construction in central Japan's Gifu Prefecture is opened to the media in November. (Photo by Takashi Uema) 

TOKYO -- Japan's planned maglev rail line that will link Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes is one of many construction projects brought to a halt as the government declares a state of emergency to combat the country's rise in coronavirus cases.

The developer of the 236 km magnetic-levitation line, Central Japan Railway, has suspended construction work in Tokyo and nearby Kanagawa Prefecture.

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