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I can't say for sure, but it would not surprise me if there weren't.  The terrain is not very friendly to high speed trains, and prior to the Shinkansen I don't think passenger rail had ever been a very high priority.

The streamlined era was what, the 30's and 40's?  Japan was already at was as early as 33.  Major rail-line upgrades for passengers just wasn't in the cards.

I could be wrong, though.

by Zwackus on Mon Oct 10th, 2005 at 06:49:51 PM EST
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