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(Update) Shizuoka Gov. Nixes Early Restart of Maglev Shinkansen Work

(Update) Shizuoka Gov. Nixes Early Restart of Maglev Shinkansen Work

   Shizuoka, June 26 (Jiji Press)--Shizuoka Governor Heita Kawakatsu said Friday he cannot approve the restart of Central Japan Railway Co.'s <9022> construction work for its ultrahigh-speed magnetic levitation Shinkansen train line in the central Japan prefecture before the end of June.
   With the prefectural government and the railway operator, known as JR Tokai, apart mainly over environmental problems, the company's plan to begin operations of the maglev Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, by 2027 is likely to be set back.
   Earlier on Friday, Kawakatsu and JR Tokai President Shin Kaneko held a meeting at the prefectural government office in a bid to break the deadlock over the restart of the construction work. Kawakatsu, however, avoided making a clear statement on the issue at the meeting.
   JR Tokai has been calling on Shizuoka to allow the resumption of preparatory construction work for a tunnel in the prefecture under the Southern Alps. The prefecture has been concerned about the environmental impact of the tunnel, notably a potential decrease in groundwater flows into the Oi River in the prefecture.
   Work for setting up a construction yard to place machinery and materials for the tunnel excavation has been at a standstill since May last year, as Kawakatsu did not give it the green light.

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