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Former Nagasaki streetcar now running as sightseeing tram in Brazil

A streetcar that used to run in Nagasaki is seen during a festival organized by immigrants from Japan and their descendants in Santos, Brazil. (Photo courtesy of the Nagasaki Municipal Government)

NAGASAKI -- A streetcar that used to run along the streets of this city now serves as a sightseeing tram in Santos, Brazil, a sister city of the southwestern Japan city.

A streetcar that used to run in Nagasaki is seen traveling the streets as a sightseeing tram in Santos, Brazil. (Photo courtesy of the Nagasaki Municipal Government)

The streetcar, manufactured in 1950, had run until 2014 in Nagasaki. Its approximately 11-meter-long body is painted yellow and green, and Japanese signs remain on its interior.

In Santos, there are many immigrants from Japan and their descendants. Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue promised his counterpart that he would give Santos a streetcar in 2012, when the two cities celebrated the 40th anniversary of their sister relationship.

The streetcar debuted in Santos in October 2019 at a festival for immigrants organized by Japanese Brazilians. It runs together with other trams from various countries along about a 2-kilometer route for tourists.

Taue commented, "I'm proud that the streetcar, which represents Nagasaki, went abroad."

(Japanese original by Yuki Imano, Nagasaki Bureau)

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