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Elon Musk Hails Japan and China

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Elon Musk Hails Japan and China



After a lapse of nearly two weeks, Elon Musk is again at the center of discussions in the business world. The richest man in the world is again addressing his 100.5 million followers on Twitter (and everyone else).

For example, Twitter’s acquisition saga has begun anew. The tech mogul’s proposed $44 billion acquisition of the microblogging site is in “serious jeopardy,” according to The Washington Post.

Musk believes in Twitter (TWTR) – Get Twitter Inc. report Management did not state the number of fake accounts (also known as spam bots) on the platform. This number is important because advertisers determine the platforms on which they promote their products and services based on the real number of people they want to reach.

The tycoon also just teased a possible new vehicle from Tesla, a van, even as the high-end electric car maker has a busy product roadmap for the next two years.

Tesla must increase production of two models, the Model Y SUV and the Model 3 sedan, which together account for the bulk of its sales. The Austin automaker must also start production of the long-awaited Cybertruck, new Roadster and Semi.

Don’t forget: Musk has promised that Tesla will launch its self-driving taxis in 2023 and start production in 2024.

As for global politics, Musk has yet to comment on the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

And on a personal level, the billionaire also made headlines after partly confirming that he had grown his family. He has two children, twins, with Shivon Zilis, a senior director at his AI/medtech company Neuralink, according to a report. Musk now has nine children.

Japan-China high-speed train

But back to professional development: the entrepreneur, who aspires to be called the most innovative boss of our time, just marveled at the prowess of Japan and China in rail transport. Musk particularly admires Tokyo and Beijing’s progress on high-speed rail.

It all started with a discussion on Twitter. Bill Markus, the co-creator of the Dogecoin cryptocurrency, has praised the virtues of high-speed trains, of which Musk is one of the most prominent defenders.

Marcus explained that traveling overseas on high-speed trains is a joy, noting that the U.S. is largely lacking such transportation.

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“There’s nothing better than a long journey IMO on a comfortable, clean and fast train,” Marcus posted a short video showing the high-speed train. “There aren’t many things in America, so whenever I travel abroad, I eat jelly.”

Musk then commented: “The trains in China and Japan are great. Take the bullet train from Beijing to Xi’an and see Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Warriors.”

Minutes later, he added: “I had the same experience from Tokyo to Osaka.”

Japan-China confrontation

Japan is the cradle of high-speed transportation. In the 1950s, the country firmly believed that railroads played a role in the future of transportation.

At the time, the democratization of airplanes and automobiles seemed to sound the death knell for railways. But things were different in Japan: During the postwar boom, the population of some ultra-dense urban areas increased rapidly. Existing lines are saturated enough to justify large infrastructure projects.

Just before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the country launched the Shinkansen, or bullet train, to much fanfare. At a cruising speed of 220 kilometers per hour (137 mph), travel between Japan’s two main cities, Tokyo and Osaka, takes from 6 hours 40 minutes to 4 hours, then 3 hours 10 minutes.

Shinkansen, a term that refers to both trains and lines, is unique. Each axle is equipped with an electric motor, so-called distributed motorization. In this system, the weight is better distributed, and if one of the motors fails, the train can keep going. The trains are also much wider than most, with five seats per row.

Drawing inspiration from its success abroad, China opened its first ultra-high-speed rail line (over 250 km/h or 155 mph) on August 1, 2008, connecting Beijing and Tianjin, 117 km (73 km/h) east of the coast. mile). The startup was launched a week before the Olympics.

Here, too, trains run on elevated tracks and large concrete lines. The trains are equipped with distributed motorization. But starting in 2012, China developed its own high-speed train, called the Renaissance EMU, or EMU train, with a standard speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).

Since then, China and Japan have been fighting to sell their trains internationally.

There is no doubt that Musk’s interest in Japanese and Chinese trains also stems from his infrastructure company Boring Co.’s commitment to high-speed transportation.

Boring Co. is building underground tunnels to solve traffic congestion problems in big cities. One of the company’s products is Loop, which is “an all-electric, zero-emission, underground mass transit system that transports passengers directly to their final destination with no stops along the way.”

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