Yamanote Line Commuters Down 60 Pct in Coronavirus Emergency

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Tokyo, April 14 (Jiji Press)--The number of passengers on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo during morning commuting hours last Wednesday to Friday, the first three days after an emergency declaration over the new coronavirus, was down 60 pct from early February, East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, has said.

The decline in morning commuters on the loop line accelerated from 35 pct ahead of the declaration of a state of emergency by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 7, but fell short of the government's goal of reducing commuters by at least 70 pct.

Last Saturday and Sunday, meanwhile, the number of Yamanote Line passengers plunged 85 pct from a year earlier, compared with the 75 pct drop on the previous weekend, before the emergency declaration.

The last weekend also saw the number of passengers on Shinkansen bullet trains dive 92 pct.

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