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Railways to reduce train services in Tokyo area amid fresh COVID-19 emergency

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TOKYO -- East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) announced on April 27 that it will reduce the number of trains on seven lines in the greater Tokyo area by about 20% during morning commuting hours on April 30, May 6 and 7.

    Major private railway companies will also cut the number of trains on the same three days. The moves to slash train services during the "Golden Week" holiday, between late April and early May, are in response to a request by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to do so in accordance with the declaration of the third coronavirus state of emergency.

    According to JR East, a total of 88 trains on each day will be cut between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. on the Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku Negishi, Chuo rapid, Chuo-Sobu local, Ome, Joban rapid and Keiyo lines. In addition, 13 trains will be reduced per day on the Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku Negishi and Chuo rapid lines during evening commuting hours from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Many major private railway companies also announced their responses on April 27. Tokyo Metro Co. will reduce the number of trains on each of the Ginza, Marunouchi, Tozai and Namboku lines by two to 12 during morning commuting hours from 7 a.m. until before 10 a.m. Tokyu Railways Co., Seibu Railway Co. and Odakyu Electric Railway Co. will also cut some of its trains during morning rush hours.

    In a similar manner, All Nippon Airways Co. announced on April 27 that it will suspend a total of 776 flights on 70 routes, including those bound from Haneda to Kansai and Haneda to Fukuoka, between May 1 and 12.

    (Japanese original by Kunihiro Iwasaki, Tokyo City News Department)

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