Domestic Travelers Decrease during "Bon" Summer Holidays


Tokyo, Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)--People who traveled Japan by rail, air and road decreased from a year earlier during the country's "bon" summer holidays due to a massive typhoon, traffic data showed Monday.

The six passenger service companies of the Japan Railways Group said that a total of 13,561,000 people used Shinkansen bullet trains and other express trains between Aug. 9 and Sunday, down from 13,583,000 a year before.

East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, and Central Japan Railway Co. <9022>, or JR Tokai, enjoyed increases in passengers, while the other four including West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, incurred decreases.

JR West stopped its Sanyo Shinkansen services between Shin-Osaka and Kokura stations throughout Thursday, when typhoon Krosa crossed western Japan. Many other train services were also halted mainly in the Chugoku western region.

Since the suspensions were announced in advance, the number of passengers using JR West's inbound services peaked Wednesday.

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