Japan’s maglev line halts construction as outbreak spreads

TOKYO — Japan’s planned maglev rail line that will link Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes is one of many construction projects brought to a halt as the government declares a state of emergency to combat the country’s rise in coronavirus cases.

The developer of the 236 km magnetic-levitation line, Central Japan Railway, has suspended construction work in Tokyo and nearby Kanagawa Prefecture.

Regarding future action, “individual decisions will be made after verifying the intentions of contracting companies,” a company representative said. The hyperfast bullet train connection is expected to debut in 2027.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a monthlong

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