Hokuriku Shinkansen Resumed on Entire Tokyo-Kanazawa Route

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Kanazawa, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--The Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train line resumed services on its entire route connecting Tokyo Station and Kanazawa Station in Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan, Friday after a suspension forced by Typhoon Hagibis.

It was the first time in 13 days that a direct service connected the two terminal stations.

The daily number of Hokuriku Shinkansen passengers is believed to have plummeted from the average of 51,300 before the powerful typhoon hit central to northeastern Japan on Oct. 12-13.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen operators of the Japan Railways Group hope that the resumption of the entire line will bring back tourism-use and business-use passengers.

According to operator East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, damage to the power supply equipment for signal systems made it impossible to resume services on a section between Nagano Station and Joetsu-Myoko Station quickly after the typhoon. Hokuriku Shinkansen services including on the central Japan section had been suspended from Oct. 12 to prepare for the 19th typhoon of the year.

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