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Abe makes pitch for Singapore-Malaysia high-speed rail project

  • December 2, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 7
  • JMH Translation

During a meeting on Thursday with visiting Singaporean President Tony Tan at the Prime Minister’s Office (Kantei), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his hope for Japan to win the contract for the Singapore-Malaysia high-speed rail project. Tan responded by saying, “We are well aware of the safety record (of Japan’s rail systems). We welcome a competitive bid”. The bidding on the project is scheduled for next year.

 

The high-speed rail system, which is scheduled to begin operations in 2026, will travel a distance of roughly 3,500 km between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in 1.5 hours at maximum speed. The Abe administration regards the project as one of the pillars of the growth strategy and is competing fiercely against China and other countries for the contract, which it views as “the most viable rail project in terms of distance and projected demand” (a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

 

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