Tokyo-Kanazawa Direct Shinkansen Services to Resume Oct. 25

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Tokyo, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)--East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, said Friday that direct services between Tokyo and Kanazawa stations on the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train line will be resumed on Oct. 25, after partial suspension forced by powerful Typhoon Hagibis.

The total number of trains running on the line will be about 80 pct of the usual timetable. Meanwhile, the number of trains connecting Tokyo Station and Kanazawa Station, which is located in Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan, will be about 90 pct of normal.

A detailed timetable will be published on Wednesday. The two stations are the terminals of the high-speed train line.

Damage from the 19th typhoon of the year, which struck mainly eastern and central Japan last weekend, has led to the suspension of services between Nagano and Joetsumyoko stations on the Shinkansen line. The decision to resume Tokyo-Kanazawa direct services came as restoration work is set to be completed and safe train operations will be ensured, according to JR East.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, jointly operated by JR East and West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, was initially expected to restart only 50 to 60 pct of services even after all of its sections were reopened, as heavy rains from the typhoon inundated 10 12-car trains for the line at a JR East-managed rail yard in the central Japan city of Nagano.

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