Storm Causes Bullet Train Cancellations


Storm causes bullet train cancellations

The severe tropical storm is disrupting Shinkansen bullet train services, mostly in western Japan.

Sanyo Shinkansen services between Shin-Osaka in Osaka and Kokura in Fukuoka Prefecture were canceled for the entire day on Thursday. Services between Kokura and Hakata are reduced to about one train per hour.

Kyushu Shinkansen trains are not able to travel through to the Sanyo Shinkansen line on Thursday. Services between Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo are down to two or three trains per hour.

Tokaido Shinkansen trains are not able to travel through to the Sanyo Shinkansen line. Services are limited between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka, with cancellations of 55 trains, or 13 percent of the total.

Other Shinkansen lines in northeastern Japan and Hokkaido will be operating as usual.