The maglev train being tested in central Japan could cut travel time between Tokyo and Osaka, or New York to D.C. to one hour.

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The Shinkansen network transports around 930,000 passengers every day

A pioneer of high-speed rail, Japan faces intense rivalry from China and European train giants France and Germany

Train company JR Tokai plans to build a $100 billion, 286-km maglev track to between Tokyo and Nagoya