May 20, 2016

Residents near planned maglev line sue central government

Residents in areas near the planned route for a high-speed magnetically levitated train and other people sued the government on Friday, demanding that its approval of the Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) project be withdrawn. Some 730 people — 680 residents in Tokyo ...

Tunneling begins on Japan's first maglev line

Dec 18, 2015

Tunneling begins on Japan's first maglev line

Full-fledged construction work began Friday on the nation’s first magnetic levitation train line, with Central Japan Raiway Co. beginning the digging of a 25-km tunnel between Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures. Of the 286-km route envisioned for the line, which aims to connect Tokyo with ...

Lexus heads back to the future with 'hoverboard'

Jun 28, 2015

Lexus heads back to the future with 'hoverboard'

Watch out, world. Toyota is heading back to the future. The automaker has hinted it’s looking into flying cars. Now its Lexus luxury brand has actually built a working model of a “hoverboard.” That’s right, an actual working hoverboard. It’s real, but not for ...

JR Tokai has fastest maglev in the world: Guinness World Records

Jun 26, 2015

JR Tokai has fastest maglev in the world: Guinness World Records

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said Friday that its magnetically levitated shinkansen was recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest maglev in the world as of Thursday after achieving a speed of 603 kph in April. During a test run in Yamanashi ...

Maglev train clocks 603 kph, setting new world record

Apr 21, 2015

Maglev train clocks 603 kph, setting new world record

Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train set a world speed record Tuesday during a test run near Mount Fuji, clocking more than 600 kph. The seven-car maglev — short for magnetic levitation — train, hit a top speed of 603 kph, and managed nearly 11 seconds ...