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FUJIYOSHIDA, Yamanashi Pref. — The world’s fastest roller coaster opens today, propelling riders at 172 kph and putting them through the G-forces that astronauts endure.

The Dodon-pa ride, at the Fujikyu Highland park, in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, cost 3 billion yen to build and, according to spokesman Motoharu Kimura, is designed “to overload the senses.”

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