JR East to Scrap All Typhoon-Flooded Shinkansen Train Cars

Economy

Tokyo, Nov. 6 (Jiji Press)--East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, will retire all of its eight Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet trains with 96 cars flooded by Typhoon Hagibis last month, President Yuji Fukasawa said Wednesday.

Fukasawa also told a press conference that the company aims to restore the Hokuriku Shinkansen services to the predisaster level by the end of March 2020.

JR East says the book value of the 96 train cars came to 11.8 billion yen as of the end of September this year.

The massive typhoon also flooded two other Hokuriku Shinkansen trains, owned by West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, the other Hokuriku Shinkansen operator.

The two companies' 10 flooded trains accounted for a third of all Hokuriku Shinkansen trains.

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