Abe invites Kennedy for ride on state-of-the-art maglev train

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy took a 500 kph ride on a maglev train at the Yamanashi Maglev Test Center of Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai).

Abe invited Kennedy as U.S. President Barack Obama plans to introduce a high-speed railway network in the United States. Abe hopes Japan will be the nation offering the maglev technology that helps create that network.

Abe is also offering the same technology to other nations.

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy presents credentials to emperor

New US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has presented her credentials to the country’s emperor to mark the formal start of her duties.


The daughter of late US president John F. Kennedy arrived in Tokyo last week. She’s the first female US ambassador to Japan.

On Tuesday, Kennedy went to the Imperial Palace in a horse-drawn carriage, a tradition for newly appointed ambassadors to Japan. She smiled and waved at crowds along the way.