Japan's newest Shinkansen bullet train has made its debut.
The Hayabusa, or Falcon, can reach speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour.
The new train will shorten the travel time between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori in northern Japan by 10 minutes to 3 hours and 10 minutes. It's the fastest regular train in Japan.
At a ceremony in Tokyo station on Saturday, Professor Junichiro Kawaguchi, who led a project involving an asteroid probe with the same name Hayabusa, cracked open an ornamental ball.
Then the first north-bound train left the platform crowded with hundreds of spectators.
Hayabusa is equipped with a device that minimizes vibration when traveling at 300 kilometers per hour.
The most expensive "GranClass" seat, which is about 120 dollars more expensive than a normal reserved seat, is attracting attention.
Saturday, March 05, 2011 16:18 +0900 (JST)