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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Japan News This Week 22 December 2014

今週の日本

Japan News.
Scientist Who Had Claimed Stem Cell Breakthrough Resigns From Japanese Research Institute
New York Times

Japan 'could preserve' damaged 2011 tsunami sites
BBC

Eat to the beat: a music insider’s guide to dining out in Tokyo
Guardian

Activist challenges secrets law with anonymous whistle-blower website
Japan Times

Japan’s Resilient, Decarbonizing and Democratic Smart Communities
Japan Focus


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Japan is pressing ahead with linear passenger rail. The first line will whisk passengers from Tokyo to Nagoya in 40 minutes, traveling at a cool 500+ km/hour (310+ mph). This section is slated to be complete in 2027. Then a second section, from Nagoya to Osaka, will open in 2045.

Construction Costs: 5.5 trillion yen (4.6 billion US dollars)
Surplus Soil from Construction: 56.8 million cubic meters (enough to fill Tokyo Dome 46 times
Total Length of Tunnels: 246 kilometers (86% of Tokyo - Osaka section)
Number of landowners along line: 5,000 (in negotiations with local governments)

Source: Japan News

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