A Japanese railway operator says it will suspend services on most sections of its Shinkansen bullet train line in western Japan throughout Thursday due to an approaching severe tropical storm.
West Japan Railway, or JR West, says it will cancel Sanyo Shinkansen services between Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka Prefecture and Kokura Station in Fukuoka Prefecture for the whole day.
The services will be reduced to about one train per hour on each of the inbound and outbound Shinkansen lines between Kokura Station and Hakata Station in Fukuoka.
Central Japan Railway, or JR Tokai, says its outbound Tokaido Shinkansen trains arriving at Shin-Osaka Station on Thursday will not go directly to the Sanyo line, but instead return to Tokyo Station.
JR Tokai says the arrangement will result in a reduction of roughly 60 train runs from the normal level.
JR West adds it will also suspend services on all non-Shinkansen lines in the prefectures of Okayama, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi throughout Thursday.
Shikoku Railway, or JR Shikoku, says it will also start suspending train services from 3 p.m. on Wednesday.