Gif of the Day: This Japanese Train Goes Over 300mph

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The Central Japan Railway Company is in the midst of an 8-day testing period for its maglev (magnetically levitated) train, which can travel at speeds up to 311mph. Japan's bullet trains currently run at about 200mph.

One hundred passengers got to go for a ride this week during the first trail run in Yamanashi Prefecture.

But… should they really be "testing" this thing out with people on board?

If all goes as planned, the maglev trains will be operational 2027, providing a 40-minute trip between Nagoya and Tokyo (normally 80 minutes).

Space Video of the Day: Fireball Meteor Appears Above Japan

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The people of Japan were surprised Monday night by a giant fireball shooting through the sky.

Was it Godzilla warning of his arrival or an alien pod soaring down to Earth to initiate an invasion?

Not quite, but it was still cool to watch. Experts say it was probably a bolide or "fireball" meteor, a piece of an asteroid that ignites upon entering Earth's atmosphere.

But that's what the aliens would want us to think, right?

Photo of the Day: IRL Thomas the Tank Engine Spotted in Japan

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Photo of the Day: IRL Thomas the Tank Engine Spotted in Japan
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If you're planning to visit Japan this summer, you might want to check out the Oigawa Railway in Shizuoka Prefecture, as the railway line has dressed up one of its steam engines as Thomas the Tank Engine, and will be offering rides on the train as a special attraction.

Freak Out of the Day: Japanese Politician Screams and Cries at Press Conference as He Defends Expense Claims

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On July 1st, 2014, Japanese politician Ryutaro Nonomura held a press conference in which he aimed to apologize for his suspected misuse of 3 million yen. However, during the conference, this 47-year-old provincial politician started to break down in to tears while trying to defend his actions, and began wailing uncontrollably.

The shops and parodies are already rolling in: