• Maglev trains use electrically charged magnets to lift and move carriages above the rail tracks.
  • Central Japan Railway (JR Central), which owns the trains, wants to introduce the service between Tokyo and the central city of Nagoya by 2027.The 280km journey would take only about 40 minutes, less than half the current time.
  • Construction is estimated at nearly $100bn (£67bn) just for the stretch to Nagoya, with more than 80% of the route expected to go through costly tunnels, reported AFP news agency.

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