Construction has begun on one of six stations for ultra-high-speed maglev trains in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo.
Officials from the Central Japan Railway Company, which will operate the magnetically levitated trains, and representatives of local municipalities attended a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday.
The operator plans to begin the maglev service between Tokyo's Shinagawa and Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, in 2027.
The new station in Kanagawa will be built 30 meters underground, with two platforms and four tracks. It is expected to be completed by March of 2027.
Central Japan Railway President Shin Kaneko said the new station will be an underground terminal, so construction will take a long time. He also said he will try to begin the service soon in response to high expectations that the trains will boost Japan's economy.
Construction of new underground platforms for maglev trains is already underway at the Shinagawa and Nagoya stations.