Kennedy to join Abe on maglev train inspection

Kyodo

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will join Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday to inspect a magnetically levitated train system in Yamanashi Prefecture, the government said Friday.

In November, Abe met with executives from a U.S. group that is pushing to build such a high-speed train system between New York and Washington in cooperation with Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai).

Kennedy has accepted Abe’s invitation to join the inspection in Yamanashi, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference. The two will take a demonstration ride on a test line co-developed by JR Tokai and other organizations.

“The maglev train system is an example of the high technology that Japan can be very competitive in selling to the world,” the government’s top spokesman said.

The joint inspection will take place less than two weeks before U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan. Abe proposed to Obama during their summit in Washington in February 2013 that Japan provide the United States with maglev technology.