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Here's proof Japan is still stuck in the technological dark ages

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The Japanese are still putzing around with trains, while we in America got over that nonsense in the 19th century and have moved on to better things. Perhaps the Japanese have heard of air travel?

Japan’s Central Japan Railway Company has announced that it plans to ... [build] a new train between Tokyo and Nagoya, to be completed by 2027.

The new line, which is estimated to cost about $64 billion, will extend for about 178 miles. The company expects trains running on it to reach speeds up to 310 miles per hour. The line will cut travel time between the two cities by 40 minutes.

It currently takes an hour and a half using trains that run at about 167 miles per hour.

The trains increase their speeds by using magnetic levitation — where friction is reduced because powerful magnets raise the train above the track.

http://www.smartplanet.com/technology/blog/transportation/japan-makes-bid-for-worlds-fastest-train/124/

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I bet if we left things up to you and people like you, we'd all be riding one of these to work:

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Seriously - join us in the 21st century.

:lol: Bicycles are really not like that these days A.J ;)


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:lol: Bicycles are really not like that these days A.J ;)

Yes, I know. But seeing how you are such a proponent of going back in time and using primitive means of transportation, I didn't think you'd mind. I had no idea you were attached to a particular period of the distant past.

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I think is best example of 'live anywhere, work in the big city'

where

the high speed rail helps to 'get you into town' each day.

But hey - I'm trainable, yah ?

(holy cr@p, a pun! )

Seriously, I'm trainable -

please let me know wot yer driving, to go from Tokyo to Nagoya in 50 minutes.


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I read somewhere that Japan is required to spend money on infrastructure (roads, trains... etc.). More than other countries. I'll have to look it up when I get home.


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