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A next-generation bullet train Sunday made its first test run on the 515-km route from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka.

The N-700, targeted at entering commercial operations in spring 2007, moved into JR Tokyo Station shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday, causing excitement among people on the platforms, with many taking photos of the train.

The cars at both ends of the train are shaped like an eagle spreading its wings. Due to its design and technology, the train is able to take curves without slowing and keep passengers comfortable by tilting itself.

The train will shave about five minutes off the travel time between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka, which is currently around 2 1/2 hours.

“Test runs have been going well so far,” said Kazuto Tsujimura, an official in charge of bullet train operations at Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai). “We will check (the tilting function) and try running at 270 kph on a curve.”

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