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When it comes to fast trains, Japan takes top honors. A trailblazing maglev – short for ‘magnetic levitation’ – train has set a world speed record during a test run near Mount Fuji, clocking over 600kph (373mph).
The new record comes less than a week after the seven-car train clocked 590kph, breaking its own 2003 record of 581kph.
The maglev hovers 10cm above the tracks and is propelled by electrically charged magnets.