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Lots of empty seats on Hokkaido Shinkansen

In dead of winter, new bullet train only 6% full at night

The Hokkaido Shinkansen is struggling to break the psychological four-hour barrier between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto.

TOKYO -- A year since its launch, and the Hokkaido Shinkansen, which runs between Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto stations, is struggling with low occupancy rates.

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