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Last trains set to be pushed back 1 hour during Tokyo 2020

The New National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, is seen under construction on March 9, 2019. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- The departures of the night's last trains are set to be pushed back about an hour in the metropolitan area during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will shortly reach an agreement with major Tokyo-based railway companies on the special services, according to people involved in the games. The committee has requested the rail operators to push back the last trains as some events are scheduled to finish at midnight.

The service extension will be implemented on lines which have stations close to the event venues, such as those on East Japan Railway Co. (JR East)'s arterial Yamanote and Chuo lines, Tokyo Metro subway lines, and some other private lines.

The committee expects that event spectators will travel on public transportation, and estimates that visitor numbers will reach about 7.8 million.

Each day's matches in the volleyball event at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo's Koto Ward are scheduled to finish at 11:30 p.m. Also, basketball games at Saitama Super Arena in the city of Saitama, just north of Tokyo, will wrap up daily at 11 p.m. It is expected that some spectators at these events will go home in the predawn hours.

(Japanese original by Tadashi Murakami, Sports News Department)

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