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Train operations resume on Iwate Pref. line damaged by 2011 tsunami
KAMAISHI, Iwate -- Train operations between Miyako and Kamaishi stations in Iwate Prefecture resumed on March 23 after an eight-year suspension due to heavy damage caused by the tsunami following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
On the day, operations of the 55.4-kilometer section were transferred from East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) to Sanriku Railway Co. The reconnected 163-kilometer route, which is the longest line operated by a joint public-private venture in Japan, was renamed the Rias Line.
A departure ceremony was held at Kamaishi Station.
"The restoration and revival of railways are indeed symbols of recovery," Reconstruction Minister Watanabe Hiromichi said in a message of encouragement to the area.
One 72-year-old living alone in public housing for disaster survivors said, "I was filled with deep emotion when I saw the train for the first time in eight years."