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Bullet-train home delivery ready for service

Sagawa and JR Hokkaido in tie-up for shinkansen delivery amid driver shortage

The Hokkaido Shinkansen seen leaving the Seikan Tunnel, and entering Japan's main island of Honshu. (Photo by Yuichiro Takagi)

TOKYO -- Ever since Japan's first high-speed rail link opened in 1964 between Tokyo and Osaka, the idea of using the shinkansen bullet trains for freight transport has been around.

But obtaining land to set up a cargo terminal or creating a carriage specifically for packages required additional cost, and the plans never took off.

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