Caroline Kennedy whips across Japan in high speed train
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 01:19
April 12 - Full speed ahead for U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, as she tours a magnetically levitated train with Japanese Prime Minister Abe. Gavino Garay reports.
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It's full speed ahead for U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy.
She's touring a developmental magnetically levitated train with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The train, called Maglev, actually floats above the tracks --
Whipping across the rails at more than 350 miles per hour, or nearly 600 kilometers per hour.
And the U.S. ambassador seems to enjoy the ride.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN, CAROLINE KENNEDY, SAYING:
"Well I think it's wonderful and I think this technology is something that will bring great benefits to Japan, hopefully the United States one day, and to inspire a new generation of young scientists to want to do more and study science and technology. So, congratulations on this achievement."
The Japanese Prime Minister agrees.
(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER, SHINZO ABE, SAYING:
"I hope this sort of top level Japanese technology will be used more around the world. In particular, I would like for our ally the United States to make use of it."
Japan's Maglev route between Tokyo and Nagoya is set to open in 2027.
It's expected to cost some $60 billion dollars.
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