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Japan's bullet trains to offer network-wide free Wi-Fi by next year

Rollout on most lines planned ahead of Tokyo Games' summer kickoff

Tourists to Japan have frequently complained about the lack of Wi-Fi on bullet trains.

TOKYO -- The Japan Railways group will provide free Wi-Fi service in nearly all shinkansen bullet trains and their stations by 2020, in time to accommodate overseas visitors attending that summer's Tokyo Olympics.

Almost all of the country's 108 bullet train stations will have Wi-Fi service by this spring. Wi-Fi will be installed in all but a few carriages as of the fiscal year starting in April 2020. The figures reflect the rollout plans at Japan Railways companies as compiled by the transport ministry. Subway operator Tokyo Metro will also install free Wi-Fi for tourists in all trains by that summer.

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