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Tokyo-Nagoya maglev train operator gives up on 2027 opening

JR Tokai lacks approval for preparatory construction work from local governor

Central Japan Railway has failed to secure approval necessary to begin work on a high-speed magleve train line between Tokyo and Nagoya.    © Reuters

NAGOYA (Kyodo) -- Central Japan Railway Co. on Friday effectively gave up on opening a high-speed maglev train line between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027 after failing to secure approval to begin preparatory construction work from a local government that has been concerned about environmental damage.

"Regrettably, the opening in 2027 is difficult," the train operator, also known as JR Central, said in a statement, in response to Shizuoka Prefecture's announcement earlier in the day that it had sent a letter to the company, stating it would not approve the construction work.

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