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The Shinkansen is the apotheosis of efficient, comfortable and safe public services. This the the Nozomi (limited stop service) leaving Shin-Kobe bound for Hakata - already doing about 100 kph before it has left the station. Shinkansen, rather prosaically, translates as 'new trunk line'. Is this 500 series Shinkansen the sexiest train in the world - Japanese techno-chic?

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