It may not be 100% official yet, but Japan’s trade ministry is confident it can export Shinkansen (bullet train) technology to Vietnam, leading to billions of dollars in contracts for Japanese companies.

The current colonial-era system in Vietnam takes three days to travel between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The Shinkansen system, with trains that hit speeds of 300kmh, is expected to cut the time to around six hours non-stop.

Although the Japanese Shinkansen system is the world’s most established and is often considered the safest and most efficient, its use outside Japan has been rare. Taiwan alone uses Japanese-built trains, and Japan is currently marketing its system to the USA and Brazil in the face of stiff competition from Chinese and South Korean companies.

source & article: Straits Times