JAPAN - World’s Fastest Bullet Train

Arno Froese

The newest shinkansen bullet train from Japanese rail operator JR East begins test operation, with its top speed expected to exceed the fastest now in service by at least 40 kph.

Green stripes grace the Alfa-X’s bluish-silver body, featuring a 22-meter nose on the front car—the longest for a shinkansen. JR East, formally East Japan Railway, previewed the full 250-meter, 10-car version for the media at a Miyagi Prefecture facility.

The 360 kph top speed bests the 320 kph of E5 series shinkansen currently running in Japan and TGV bullet trains in France.

The Alfa-X will be tested on the Tohoku shinkansen line between the cities of Sendai and Aomori in northeastern Japan. The trials will take place late at night approximately twice a week. The first phase, to gauge the feasibility of a 360 kph cruising speed, will run until fiscal 2021. Second-phase trials geared toward launching commercial operation will kick off the following year.

-asia.nikkei.com, 10 May 2019

Arno's commentary

Transportation and communication have literally exploded in the last few decades. To zip across the land on rails at the breathtaking speed of 360 km/h (224 mph) is nothing short of mind-boggling. This is especially true when seen from historical perspectives. Only 46 years ago, it was engineer John F. Mitchell of Motorola, who demonstrated the first handset telephone. And 40 years ago, it was Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Company that launched the world’s first cellular wireless network. Now, it’s truly global; virtually anyone with a cell phone can communicate at any time with anyone anywhere on planet earth.

Wikipedia tells us that the Frenchman Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot is credited with building the first self-propelled, mechanical-based vehicle. These early monstrosities could achieve speeds of close to 5 miles per hour. Today’s modern automobiles, for example, have no problem reaching a 200,000-mile life. Driving such a vehicle is very comfortable; air-conditioned, quiet, and speeds are only limited by the prevailing law.

Where will this lead? Continuous, uninterrupted progress. That, in turn, will contribute greatly to man relying on himself; subsequently, less reliant on God. Take agriculture, for example; only a century ago, almost 50% of the workforce was employed in that sector, and barely producing enough food to sustain a nation. Today, this is accomplished with highly sophisticated agricultural technology, employing less than 2% of the workforce, and producing an overabundance of top-quality agricultural products. When we begin to realize these developments, it becomes clear that “Give us this day our daily bread” sounds rather hollow; thus, we plainly see that mankind is developing toward independence and, in the end, producing his own manmade god.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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