It’s the fastest speed a commercial model of shinkansen bullet train
has ever achieved, although the train is expected to run at the line’s current top speed of 285 kph when it enters service.
is spending 240 billion yen ($2.2 billion) on the introduction of the train series, and will continue tests at the top speed until mid June.
Japan’s bullet trains, which debuted the same year as the 1964 Tokyo
Olympics, are famed for their reliability and safety. Japan
is pitching the trains for export, with JR Central
aiming to sell the Supreme model to Texas
Another JR company, East Japan
Railway Co., is currently testing the Alfa-X, which will operate at 360 kph when it’s introduced in 2030 on lines linking Tokyo
to the northern island of Hokkaido.