ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronEye IconIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintTitle ChevronIcon Twitter
Transportation

Bullet train operator JR Kyushu pulls out of Shanghai

Coronavirus travel slump undermines rationale for Chinese office

JR Kyushu's Tsubame bullet train leaves Hakata Station in the Japanese city of Fukuoka. (Photo by Masaru Shioyama)

FUKUOKA, Japan -- Japanese bullet train operator Kyushu Railway will close its Shanghai office at the end of March, seeing no immediate prospect of a recovery in Japan-bound travel.

Better known as JR Kyushu, the group established the outpost in 2010 to conduct market research, seeking to promote Chinese travel to Japan's southwestern region of Kyushu. The office also coordinated with local governments in Kyushu.

These operations will be moved to JR Kyushu's headquarters in the city of Fukuoka following the closure, the company said Thursday.

JR Kyushu also will close all three of its Akasaka Umaya restaurants serving Japanese food in Shanghai by the end of 2020.

The company operates one other foreign office in Bangkok, which opened in 2017.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this monthThis is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia;
the most dynamic market in the world.

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia

Get trusted insights from experts within Asia itself.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 1 month for $0.99

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this month

This is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia; the most
dynamic market in the world
.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 3 months for $9

Offer ends January 31st

Your trial period has expired

You need a subscription to...

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers and subscribe

Your full access to Nikkei Asia has expired

You need a subscription to:

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers
NAR on print phone, device, and tablet media

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more