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Indonesia to ask Japan to build trans-Java railway

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures while speaking to The Nikkei in Jakarta on May 24. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)

JAKARTA -- Indonesia will ask Japan to contribute to a trans-Java railway that promises to more than halve the 10-hour travel time between the country's capital and Surabaya, its second largest city, according to Indonesian government officials.

Construction of the 750km railway is estimated to cost around 200 billion yen ($1.81 billion).

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