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Japan Photo Journal: State-of-the-art scrap

(Mainichi/Junichi Sasaki)

Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet trains that were flooded by heavy rains caused by Typhoon Hagibis are seen in the central Japan city of Nagano on the evening of Nov. 6, 2019. East Japan Railway Co. President Yuji Fukasawa announced at a Nov. 6 press conference that the firm would scrap its eight flooded trains that were previously valued at 11.8 billion yen. West Japan Railway Co. also plans to discard its two flooded bullet trains, so that all 10 submerged Shinkansen will be scrapped. Fukasawa also revealed that regular direct operations between Tokyo and Kanazawa stations will fully resume by the end of November.

    (Japanese original by Keigetsu Hirai, City News Department)

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