Hayabusa Bullet Train in Aomori

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    A bullet train of the new E5 series makes a test run to Shin-Aomori Station:

    At Shin-Aomori Station, the northernmost bullet train station in Japan, some 500 people including residents chosen from among the public welcomed the train.

    Dubbed “Hayabusa,” the new train has a maximum speed of 320 kilometers per hour. At 10 a.m. on June 17, an E5 series bullet train departed from Shichinohe-Towada Station, which will open together with Shin-Aomori Station. Traveling at an average speed of 140 kilometers per hour, it arrived at Shin-Aomori Station about 20 minutes later.

    As the green train with its distinctive long nose pulled into the station, residents waiting with cameras snapped pictures.

    “I want to ride it soon,” one of the happy-looking onlookers said.

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