Japan’s Maglev Train of Tomorrow: MEGAPROJECTS (Part 3)
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Japan’s Maglev Train of Tomorrow: MEGAPROJECTS (Part 3)

October 12, 2019

This is the future–maglev trains. Japan’s
all aboard! They’re spending a staggering $85 billion over the next 30 years to connect
the island’s three largest cities: Tokyo to Nagoya to Osaka. That’s over three hundred
miles that you’ll be able to cover in about 67 minutes by racing through the countryside
at over 300 miles per hour. Maglev technology uses powerful magnetic charges to move rail
cars that float several inches above a concrete guideway, rather than riding on steel wheels.
This frictionless system allows for a smoother ride at significantly higher speeds than traditional
high speed rail. In contrast, California’s planned high speed rail system that’ll eventually
connect San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, will only be able to travel at top
speeds of 220 mph, but its estimated overall cost is ten billion dollars less than the
Japanese system and will cover a distance two and a half times as long. The Chinese
city of Shanghai has had a short maglev line in operation since 2004, but the Japanese
line is the world’s first intercity link to gain public approval. The project’s called
Chuo Shinkansen – or as the Japanese refer to it, Rinia Mota Ka – and is a culmination
of 40 years of Japanese maglev development that began with an unlikely partnership between
Japan Airlines and Japanese National Railways. What’s really impressive about this project
is that JR Central – the company that’s building the line – will finance the project
without public money, thanks largely to the success of the bullet train it’s run from
Tokyo to Osaka since the mid 1960’s. The company’s also pushing hard to construct
a maglev line between the American capital city of Washington DC and New York, which
would showcase the technology to the American market and the rest of the western world.
The Japanese government has even offered to fully finance the 40 mile first leg of the
US project from Baltimore to DC, a proposal Prime Minister Shinzo Abe directly pitched
to President Barack Obama during a meeting last year. But critics of Maglev say the costs
outweigh the benefits. Opponents have raised questions about the monetary cost of the project,
its environmental impact and whether it is really needed. Tunnels will be blasted through
some of Japan’s highest mountains to build the Chuo Shinkansen line. But regardless of
what the critics say, something had to change. When the Maglev system is done it will help
alleviate the overcrowding on Japan’s existing rail system and make it feasible for commuters
into Tokyo to live further outside of the city than they can now.


  • Reply Case Vanderburg November 11, 2014 at 1:28 am

    First! yes! Finally

  • Reply The Daily Conversation November 11, 2014 at 2:38 am

    The trains will cover the ~300 miles between Tokyo and Osaka in just over an hour.

  • Reply levelgx November 11, 2014 at 4:25 am

    The strangest part of getting on the bullet trains is that you don't feel like you are going that fast. Super smooth and confortable seats. I miss you Japan.. 

  • Reply Harrison Burnard November 11, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Love this series

  • Reply MyMOSHU November 15, 2014 at 4:54 am

    who's voice is in this video? I can't recognize it

  • Reply Andrew Seymour November 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    "300 miles in 67 minutes" = Boston to Philly (approx)

    I use to live is Boston during my College Days, but my Family was in the Philly area, so I've driven this 'commute' numerous times, and my best time was just under 5 hours…

    I've also done the Amtrak thing, and flown…

    This would be SO MUCH COOLER!

  • Reply kartan166 japan January 5, 2015 at 7:28 am


  • Reply xparade0de January 8, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Man könnte ja auch Berlin, Dresden, Prag und München damit verbinden.

  • Reply BRYQN January 8, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Japan has a great infrastructure, the Shinkansen is the best high speed rail network in the world, no doubt about it, and the japanese are great in developing new technologies. But as crazy cool the Chuo Shinkansen is now, I think it will be too expensive and there's a high risk that it might be outdated by 2045. An evacuated (or partially evacuated) tube system would take a reasonable amount of time to develop as the technologies exist, they just have to be put together, it would be lighter, cheaper, so it could take less time to build and it would be MUCH FASTER, so it would create more mobility, it could spread further than Osaka-Tokyo and it could connect the cities in Japan (and then perhaps in the region and eventually in the world) like the tube connected London when it was inaugurated. 
    The evacuated tube system has 4 main advantages over conventional maglev.
    Much faster.
    More energy efficient.

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  • Reply Madhukar Walve February 1, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I will happy when in India this trains travel.

  • Reply Yu Chen February 2, 2015 at 3:15 am

    30 years is just toooo long. Maybe half of the builders are not able to take a ride on what they build in their life time. Why not just spend 5 years to build conventional HR with slightly lesser speed? Btw, I guess the cost will double when the project  complete. If the project could complete.

  • Reply Escalate Schatz February 2, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I like this train

  • Reply Sajid Shaikh February 6, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Hi hot

  • Reply Chiranji Lal Gupta February 7, 2015 at 2:47 am

    We too dream in India. Marvellous !

  • Reply Jones Owusu Acheaw February 8, 2015 at 10:12 am

    A great idea

  • Reply pnaoto4949 March 10, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Yeah!! Train is number 1 in the world!! すごいぞー、日本は!

  • Reply Gurosama Bltch March 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    What would happen if someone put a brick shaped magnet on the rail?

  • Reply Lloyd Lutterman April 8, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Can be incorporated into US Interstate highway system

  • Reply tatamulia yogyacirebon April 12, 2015 at 9:28 am


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  • Reply Junokaii May 7, 2015 at 3:28 am

    It's definitely worth it in places with very high population densities.

    I can see why they think it's unnecessary in the United States though. Even on the east coast where lots of large cities preside.

    But Japan is intensely crowded like the video said.

    Mind you it doesn't explain why they don't just build more lines on the subway system. Shanghai and Beijing are clearly able to and I've seen many maps that prove Tokyo has the room for it.

  • Reply Joey May 18, 2015 at 2:06 am

    the first trains and the train on this video's thumbnail where not maglev trains. They ran on rails. They where standard bullet trains.

  • Reply John Doe May 18, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Elon Musk just did to the maglev train what he's already done to the internal combustion engine. He's turned them into dinosaurs. Anyone who isn't driving a Tesla already is driving a dinosaur.  60 k for a new electric car is a lot of money but no choice I guess. My next car is going to be electric, maybe even a Tesla. Anyway Musk recently released open source plans for his hyperloop design. The idea is to use  partial vacumn in a tube to push electrically powered, 28 person capsules along an air cushion at about 800mph. And he says it can be done for a sixth of the price of a mag lev train. The cherry on top is that the whole hyperloop system can be powered by solar panels installed on the outside of the tubes. Several open source teams have come together online and off, to do the  design and legal work. Elon Musk is our Nikola Tesla, only smarter. I hope we treat him better then they treated Nikola Tesla back in the day. Wow, what a great time to be alive. It's happening folks. It is finally happening. The world is getting better.

  • Reply evdanker May 19, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Until a corporation can profit from this, it will never happen in the United States.

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  • Reply Trihard August 12, 2015 at 8:02 am

    The train is from the germans!

  • Reply Ku Den September 7, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I bet it can go even faster but was fixed at 603kms

  • Reply lugang wang October 12, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Come on, name a country Japanese sold maglev train to. Japanese maglev train is suck, not piratical at all. Extremely high maintenance fee make their only customer , a bullet train operation company from Taiwan( China ) bankrupt after 7years since introduced it.
    Don't buy Japanese junk, otherwise everyone will bankrupt.

  • Reply rodolfo mata October 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    me gustaria que contruyeran uno en mexico para conectar monterrey con mexico df 1200 km de distacia, que tambien hay ciudades importantes entre estas ciudades

  • Reply Beatles5 October 27, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    We have spent years to learn your language. Please use normal units. Kilometer and km/h.

  • Reply ALLEN LI October 28, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    shanghai china is greater than japan

  • Reply Jay Thomas Should sleep November 6, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    so its a hovering train

  • Reply Norman Mcgill November 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    This would be a lot better for us than the Keystone pipeline.

  • Reply Matthew Kelliher November 29, 2015 at 5:11 am

    It wont help the sometimes overcrowded local subway systems or promote people to live further away (very few stops and high price of ticket) but nice train anyhow.

  • Reply brown December 13, 2015 at 1:33 am

    all the countriies has to build strong connectivity , there is two way business, tourism , and great support for livelihood – jobs and move to transport anywhere and do to reach because lot of internet is a base but physical meeting is high on lot of essential support
    do all the countries together fund each other to lift all kind tourism, jobs sake and meeting public requirements lot of countries needed high funding

    we discuss about pollution, support but have we ever looks as tieup as business yes but all that if the connectivity of each country able to full fill their work there the greater support a big part of tourism , a big part of ideology , spark what else u want everythng u expected u will get reasonable price cost of goods

  • Reply American Rail Club December 24, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    We can build this here in America guys, we're starting a "railvolution" to connect the states of Florida, Texas, California, and the Northeast. Let's get on board! Make our rails great again!

  • Reply Random Comment January 4, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Surely this technology was solely designed to escape Godzilla.

  • Reply s0nnyburnett February 4, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Sorryy too busy causing more pointless wars to have a friendly nation pay for a new high speed rail system we desperately need.

  • Reply PouncingAnt February 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Overcrowding? But this competes with the bullet train, and the bullet train is definitely not overcrowded – most of the seats are for reservation, and I've never needed to reserve more than a few minutes in advance. Overcrowding as shown in the video primarily happens on the commuter lines, not inter-city links. Also, "commute from further away?" This isn't a commuter train, its an inter-city express. If you live in Nagoya and want to work in Tokyo… Move to Tokyo or an adjacent prefecture! Sure you could commute via the shinkansen, but it would cost perhaps 4 times the rent or so. The real value in the maglev is to get people moving between cities on business and tourism, and to provide a backup just in case Godzilla or other natural disasters take out the bullet train.

  • Reply Something Short February 20, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Los Angeles was supposed to have a Subway system but one of our presidents took down the project. This is why there's so much traffic in LA

  • Reply Lanes February 25, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    The last part about making commuting easier for people outside of Tokyo is not true. That would mean spending over 100$ per day just to get to work. A Shinkansen ticket costs between 50-100$ one way between those 3 cities

  • Reply Diego Navarro March 7, 2016 at 1:30 am

    85 billion dollars for the next 30 years!!!

  • Reply Diego Navarro March 7, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Something really had to be changed but the maglev trains are the trains of the future and that's thanks to Japanese people.

  • Reply Phillip Mulligan April 7, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Only real issues for the maglev will be the absurdly high construction costs and building extra feeder trains to supply the maglev of passengers from other parts not served by maglev. I gather the cost of feeder trains will not be included in the cost of putting in a maglev line.

  • Reply sumit vashistha April 30, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Love for Japan from India.

  • Reply meaturama July 24, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I would rather the government invest in 5000 new jumbo jets than invest in trains.

  • Reply Mikel Syn August 30, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Actually a majority of the huge difference in price is primarily due to the fact that approximately 260km out of that 280km line is about 40m underground, and not the difference in technology.

  • Reply Harry Morgan September 9, 2016 at 6:49 am

    monorail! D'oh

  • Reply Damo W November 23, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    What you show in the video ist not the Japanese Maglev, only their normal Shikansen-trains and the Shanghai Maglev. Japanese will finish their Maglev line from Osaka to Tokyo by 2045, I hope I can still see that…

    And the building price is 900 Billion dollar! By far too much for only 150km speed increase, the distance is only 550km. I don´t really understand the Japanese, why they are building this project, since you can still improve the normal high speed trains, and 400km is no problem, even 500, until 2045, there is a lot of time to do this.

  • Reply Mohsin Shaikh March 2, 2017 at 11:03 am


  • Reply Omar OFY April 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    This is actually cool!!!

  • Reply Francis Pham June 28, 2017 at 7:09 am

    WOW. That will fast forward USA cities into the future.

  • Reply Himalayastar July 24, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    so according to him , the size of area of greater tokyo will increase to that of north east usa

  • Reply Tai Hung August 22, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Why not bring it to the USA?

  • Reply Jazz 6703 August 27, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    India not need Chinese high speed railway sistem Indian only interest in Japanese railway high speed systems very reliable guarantees can trust Japanese not with cheating Chinese everything fakes all made of recycle metal nothing in honest bessiness all copycat stealing immeation

  • Reply It's Mine November 20, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    incredible !!

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  • Reply Fraaz Akhter January 20, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Puts the horses**t rail system in UK, particularly those going into London to shame. Overpriced GARBAGE here!

  • Reply 163 Reasons Why Real Estate Agents Fail January 28, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    You will be happy to know that I used your video as an educational lesson for my 6th grade grandson. What he and I found fascinating was at 0:20 which discusses Maglev technology and how it produces a magnetic field for frictionless movement of the train. Brilliant idea. Thank you for helping us understand this interesting subject.

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  • Reply sc5252 March 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Wait until 2045~?

  • Reply sc5252 March 15, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Tokyo to Osaka at 500 kph by year 2045?

  • Reply Abhay Dange March 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm


  • Reply jerry wu March 31, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Japanese is stealing the technology from China, blamed

  • Reply SAGAR KUMAR April 18, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    In a future is success IN Japan

  • Reply Dean Capellari June 11, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    all the pics of steel wheel shinkansen are useless when not talking about shinkansen. also, the words "bullet train" are so simplistic theyre almost offensive bc its america's way of talking about something they cant build bc of embarrasing political setbacks

  • Reply sam rocky June 17, 2018 at 2:48 am

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  • Reply The M Network June 28, 2018 at 2:44 am

    This might help with the highways. So if we all can work together lets do it.

  • Reply Michael N. July 14, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    When two opposing magnets touch they create anti gravity: Imagine a UFO the size of a football field using earth as the opposing magnet. Earth is the largest magnet on the planet. Someone or some being has figured out how to control magnetic force for vertical and horizontal acceleration (speed of light). https://youtu.be/VyOtIsnG71U

  • Reply Husain khan August 9, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    It can be speed if 300

  • Reply john cena October 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Fast and escape

  • Reply Corrine Tsang November 3, 2018 at 2:12 am

    At 25 million dollars a mile ,the maglev train from Tokyo to Osaka will never be built.There are estimation that a maglev train and tracks will cost 50 million dollars a mile.A lower cost high speed might be built.

  • Reply Cartoonman154 November 7, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    "This is the future. Maglev trains" Shows a normal bullet train. Maglev massively more expensive than normal rail.

  • Reply Bruce Wayne December 4, 2018 at 5:45 am

    With todays internet what do people need to be physically present at a certain location for? This is another late out of era overkill japanese project like yamato battleship.

  • Reply sc5252 January 5, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Japan will build very slowly. From Nagoya to Osaka. About 170 km. Japan need from now to year 2045. to complete the project.

  • Reply Kader Zailm January 14, 2019 at 5:20 pm


  • Reply iank muin February 27, 2019 at 9:01 am

    kereta cepat

  • Reply Quyết Nguyễn Hữu March 1, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Tiếng anh chuyên ngành – ĐH GTVT đã dẫn tôi đến đây :))))

  • Reply Maricris C March 7, 2019 at 4:35 am

    How to make a train.

    Get a plane.

    Rip off the wings.

    And then just attach the wingless plane to a couple of
    concrete rails.

    You got yourself a train ladies and gentlemen.

  • Reply Rayan Agarm April 14, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Say 24000 pasngr per day..? ÷ 240 (one airplane) 48trip .. psnger say 12000..
    Half that for the load takeoff taxi take off
    Say 6000..

  • Reply Rob Jones April 14, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Another uk great idea been developed by our industrial competitors

  • Reply anung gaming April 19, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Japan's Maglev, cool

  • Reply cliff woodbury April 23, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    if you going to build it here gop from D.C. to Boston – why everyone forgets about Boston??

  • Reply Fauzi Rahman April 24, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    The Japanese maglev between Tokyo to Nagoya and Osaka costs more than the Californian HSR not because of the maglev technology but because it'll require tunneling through mountains.

  • Reply irfanifteqar Ali June 22, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    why india is not investing in this project .

  • Reply valak demon June 23, 2019 at 12:54 am

    best people in the earth..

  • Reply Allo August 17, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Very interesting video.

  • Reply o hgdrtgrlu August 22, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Why is there the Bombardier Zefiro in the thumbnail ??

  • Reply anne neilsen October 4, 2019 at 1:46 am

    I wish we had train like this in the country where I like… There amazing thank you for sharing

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