JR East to End On-Board Sales on Yamabiko Shinkansen Trains


Tokyo, Feb. 18 (Jiji Press)--East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, said Monday that it will not offer on-board sales of foods and goods, such as "bento" boxed meals, after March 15 on Yamabiko bullet trains on its Tohoku Shinkansen Line for the whole operating section of the trains.

Such sales will be completely terminated on Yamabiko trains, which mainly link Tokyo Station with Sendai Station in Miyagi Prefecture, part of the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan, or Morioka Station in Iwate Prefecture, north of Miyagi.

On-board sales will be fully unavailable from March 16 also on Komachi trains on the Akita Shinkansen Line for the section between Morioka and Akita Station in Akita Prefecture, in Tohoku, and on some non-Shinkansen limited express trains, including the Odoriko and the Kusatsu, JR East said.

Sales on trains are declining as a variety of goods are now available at shops at stations and vending machines, JR East officials explained, adding that the decision also reflected labor shortages.

Also on Monday, Hokkaido Railway Co., or JR Hokkaido, said that on-board sales will be completely unavailable on March 16 and afterward on Hayabusa and Hayate trains on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line for the section between Shin-Aomori Station in Aomori Prefecture in Tohoku and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

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