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Japan Starts Testing the World’s Fastest Bullet Train

The flurry of new models coincides with Japan's preparations to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo

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Bullet train project will generate around 15 lakh new jobs. Wikimedia Commons
Bullet train project will generate around 15 lakh new jobs. Wikimedia Commons

Japan has started testing its fastest-ever bullet train — capable of reaching 400 kilometers per hour (249 mph) — as it continues to develop the revolutionary mode of travel.

The ALFA-X version of the Shinkansen train began three years’ worth of test runs on Friday, the CNN reported.

Once it enters operation sometime around 2030, it will run at speeds of up to 360 kph (224 mph), comfortably making it the world’s fastest bullet train.

It will also outpace China’s Fuxing train, which runs at 10 kph slower despite being designed with the same top speed capabilities as the ALFA-X.

The model’s futuristic design features 10 cars and a long pointed nose.

It’ll be tested on the line between the cities of Sendai and Aomori, which are about 280 kilometers apart as the crow flies. Tests will take place after midnight, when the line is quiet, and will occur twice a week.

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Railway Board Chairman held a high-level meeting in Rail Bhavan last Thursday which was attended by Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu, and Niti Aayog Vice Chairman. (Representational image). Wikimedia

The ALFA-X marks a new stage of growth for the Shinkansen, pushing the world-renowned high speed rail service even faster towards the future.

Its testing debut comes as Japan’s new high-speed Shinkansen N700S continues tests that began just over a year ago.

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That model will enter operation in 2020, but its maximum speeds of 300 kph — the same as other N700 series trains — will be easily surpassed by the ALFA-X.

The flurry of new models coincides with Japan’s preparations to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

No matter what speeds the train achieves during its test runs, it won’t match the record-breaking pace of Japan Railway’s magnetic levitation, or maglev, train which hit 603 kph (374 mph) on an experimental track in 2015. (IANS)

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Miniso Goes Online With Amazon’s ‘Great Indian Festival’

Miniso and e-commerce major Amazon on Friday annoucned a partnership whereby the former would sell its products starting with the upcoming 'Great Indian Festival'

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The retailer will start with products under the kitchen, home and beauty categories on the amazon.in. Wikimedia Commons

The Japanese retail company Miniso and e-commerce major Amazon on Friday annoucned a partnership whereby the former would sell its products on the online platform starting with the upcoming ‘Great Indian Festival’.

The retailer will start with products under the kitchen, home and beauty categories on the amazon.in, the e-commerce platform said in a statement.

Commenting on the partnership, Shalini Puchalapalli, Director for Category Management, Amazon India said: “We are excited to partner with Miniso and offer customers a wide range of selection on Amazon.in. During the Great Indian Festival customers can look forward to a wide selection of products from the best brands on Amazon.in”.

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Siddharth Venkataraman, CEO of Achhacart, which takes care of Miniso’s sales in India said: “This festive season, customers would be able to buy all their favourite Miniso products online with the customer experience assurance of Amazon”. (IANS)