bullet train


Definition of bullet train

: a high-speed passenger train especially of Japan

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Disputes over President Donald Trump’s border wall and California’s bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation’s most populous state. Kathleen Ronayne, The Seattle Times, "Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Trump escalates," 20 Feb. 2019 Karuizawa, Japan Located only an hour from Tokyo via bullet train, Karuizawa, Japan, is Airbnb’s top trending ski destination of the year. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "These Ski Destinations Are on the Rise, According to Airbnb," 16 Jan. 2019 But from Tokyo’s perspective, the relationship has been tarnished by cases where Chinese companies, such as those making bullet trains, learned from Japanese technology through joint ventures, then used it to take on Japan in global markets. Peter Landers, WSJ, "Japan and China Are Getting Along Better, but Not When It Comes to Tech," 23 Oct. 2018 More than 300 flights were cancelled and high-speed bullet train service was suspended in the region. Fox News, "2 typhoons weaken after pounding South Korea and Japan," 23 Aug. 2018 After taking a bullet train 350km from Tokyo to Nagoya, our party met with Ogasawara at the Tobishima Plant that builds the H-2A and H-2B rockets as well as the spacecraft used to supply the space station. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry," 15 Nov. 2018 Further in the future, it is supposed to be the hub for California’s bullet train linking San Francisco to Los Angeles. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "San Francisco’s Transit Center Ambitions Hit the Brakes," 28 Sep. 2018 High-speed bullet train service was suspended from Tokyo west to Hiroshima, though service partially resumed later Tuesday when the typhoon left the region. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Strong typhoon slams western Japan; 8 dead, airport flooded," 4 Sep. 2018 The Japanese city leapt six places in six months, thanks to declining crime and quality transportation (which includes, yes, a Hello Kitty bullet train). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the Most Livable City in the World," 15 Aug. 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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