Kyushu's bullet train dreams facing extensive delays
Nikkei -- Jul 15
Clouds are forming over Japan's latest shinkansen route connecting an isolated area of high-speed track on the southern island of Kyushu due to come into service in fiscal 2022 with the greater bullet train network as performance issues with new technology create tough decisions on how to open the line.

JR Kyushu is putting plans to adopt free-gauge trains on ice over high costs and the recently discovered issues that were reported Friday by the transport ministry at an evaluation committee meeting.

News source: Nikkei
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