The land of the rising sun has long been the envy of the world for their amazing network of public transport infrastructure, headlined by the Shinkansen bullet trains that travel across the country at speeds upwards of 320 km/h. But as we know, Japan isn't one to sit on its technological laurels and now the country has been rewarded with a new world speed record.
According to BBC News, the countries experimental Maglev train has set a new record of 603 km/h in a stretch of test infrastructure near Mt Fuji. Japan Railway plans to introduce the Maglev service between Tokyo and the central city of Nagoya by 2027, but the tech doesn't come cheap, with estimates the infrastructure could cost as much as $100b, mainly because of the extensive network of new underground tunnels that are required.
And to think Australia has to deal mostly with buses. Sigh.