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Japan's maglev pits new artery against the environment

Tokyo-Nagoya link faces delay past 2027 as governor defends river

JR Central's maglev train will travel underground for most of its route between Tokyo and Nagoya. (Photo by Saki Hayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan's plan to connect its three major economic centers of Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka with just an hour's train ride has taken a major step back.

Twice as fast as Japan's famed bullet trains, the magnetic-levitation train is scheduled to open in 2027, first connecting Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes instead of the current 90.

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