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Vietnam announces Japanese bullet train plan

The technology behind Japan's famous bullet trains is to be used to build a high-speed rail link between two major cities in Vietnam.

According to a statement from a Vietnamese official, the country's government has decided to utilise Shinkansen technology for the railway between Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and Ho Chi Minh City.

The news is expected to be welcomed by Japan as Vietnam appears keen to use Japanese firms with the right expertise to carry out the work.

"Once the plan is officially confirmed by the Vietnam government, Japanese companies with the train technologies - such as Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries - are expected to land contracts," said the official.

Asia One noted that travellers can currently expect to spend three days on a train to get from Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh City.

Japan's bullet trains are renowned for always being on time and the Shinkansen railway line is the busiest high-speed line in the world.

Written by Mark Smith.

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