Fire Near Jr Station Suspends Shinkansen Bullet Train Services

Fire near JR station suspends shinkansen bullet train servicesNew Year's holiday travelers were affected Friday as Tokaido Shinkansen bullet trains connecting Tokyo and western Japan cities were suspended for around five hours due to a fire along the railway in central Tokyo, operator Central Japan Railway Co. said.

The fire broke out in a building near JR Yurakucho Station at around 6:35 a.m. and extended to three other buildings nearby, prompting firefighters to deploy more than 50 fire engines. It also burned transmission cables of East Japan Railway Co., which operates railway services in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

While the shinkansen operations were resumed shortly before noon, many passengers were stranded at each station before the "return rush" peaked in the afternoon, when reserved seats for shinkansen trains bound for Tokyo were almost fully booked, according to JR Central.