So, Japan. The pacific nation may have its fair share of problems, but it holds a distinct talent when it comes to developing futuristic technology. From mech suits to... well, it's pretty tough to top mech suits. Well, they've done it again; it looks like The Land of the Rising Sun is about to become the Land of the Rising Train. Business Insider You read that right - this train will travel at the blisteringly fast speed of 311 mph. That means this particular locomotive could go back to the future more than 3.5 times over. Japan doesn't train its engineers for nothing. I have to say, though, that this maglev train is pretty damn impressive. Without friction to slow them down, these things can run faster and quieter than ye olde fashioned trains; bad weather isn't much of a concern either. Plus, they hover above the ground; so, you know, that's pretty neat. I've railed against the United States' infrastructure before, and it bears repeating now: Damn, America, get your shit together! Now, this is just a prototype, so it'll be some time before we see the finished product (and by some time, I mean 15 years). That may sound like a lot, but for a super fast hover train, I'd say it's worth it. Japan, I choo-choo-choose you!