Episode 36: Japan's maglev train

Have you ever ridden a maglev train?

Two Kyodo News reporters – Yamaguchi-san and Peter – talk about the environmental disputes that have delayed the start of Japan’s new high-speed maglev train. Listen as they discuss what the trains are and how they differ from other rail transportation systems, and the reasons behind the opposition in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Article mentioned in the podcast:

FOCUS: Japan maglev train project being derailed by Shizuoka stalemate

Kyodo News presents a bilingual podcast for English learners about the ins and outs of news writing and how to translate tricky Japanese phrases into English. Have fun listening to journalists discuss recent articles as they occasionally go off on unrelated tangents.

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Photo taken on Jan. 15, 2024, shows a maglev train tunnel work site in Kawasaki near Tokyo, shown to the media ahead of full-fledged drilling beginning around September. Central Japan Railway Co.'s Linear Chuo Shinkansen bullet train service will link between Tokyo and Osaka for about one hour. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo