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More railways turning to reserved seats on limited express runs

Tobu Railway's TJ Liner

TOKYO -- Private railways are trying to make things easier for (some of) Japan's cramped commuters. There is an increasing number of limited express, assigned-seat trains that promise relative comfort for anyone willing to pay a premium.

     Tobu Railway has been operating the TJ Liner for years now. The trains leave Ikebukuro Station, in Tokyo's Toshima Ward, for destinations in Saitama Prefecture in the evening. Plans call for introducing the limited-express service to morning rush-hour trains going the other way.

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