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Bullet train to restore service as JR East faces big repair bill

Tokyo-Kanazawa line to resume direct trips at reduced capacity Oct. 25

Shinkansen bullet trains submerged at their Akanuma base in Nagano Prefecture on Oct. 13. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- East Japan Railway faces a potential 29 billion yen ($266 million) bill if flood-damaged bullet trains need to be replaced on the Tokyo-Kanazawa line that resumes direct service next week.

Floodwaters unleashed by Typhoon Hagibis forced JR East to shut down part of the Hokuriku shinkansen, which connects Tokyo and Kanazawa. Direct service between the two cities is expected to be restored Oct. 25, the company said Friday.

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