Factories, Train Services Yet to Fully Recover One Month On

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Tokyo, Nov. 12 (Jiji Press)--Factories and Shinkansen bullet train services affected by floods from powerful Typhoon Hagibis, which hit Japan a month ago, have yet to be fully restored.

The 19th typhoon of the year temporarily halted services on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, which connects Tokyo and Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture in central Japan. The line has resumed services, but is operating at around 80 pct of the predisaster schedule.

Ten 12-car trains for the Shinkansen line, operated by East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, and West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, were inundated due to the flooding of a river.

The damaged trains, which account for a third of all Hokuriku Shinkansen trains, are set to be scrapped, and JR East and JR West plan to build new trains at an expected cost of over 30 billion yen. Eight of the 10 damaged trains are owned by JR East and the remaining two by JR West. For the time being, JR East is trying to make up for the lost trains by using new trains intended for its Joetsu Shinkansen Line.

The two companies expect that the Hokuriku Shinkansen services will return to normal levels in March 2020, meaning that they will have to be creative in handling high demand during the year-end and New Year holiday season.

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