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JR East to bring forward last train departures in Tokyo come spring

Fewer late night passengers due to pandemic and labor shortages cited as reasons

East Japan Railway will move up departure times for last trains in the Tokyo metropolitan area by some 30 minutes from the spring of next year as measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus have prompted passengers to return home earlier than before.

TOKYO - Japanese train operator East Japan Railway is moving up departure times for its final trains in the Tokyo area from next spring, as late night train rider numbers have significantly dropped due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Final departure times will be moved up by about 30 minutes so that trains arrive at their last stops around 1 a.m. The company also plans to make other revisions such as moving departure times for first trains of the day to later times in some areas in the spring of 2021, the company announced on Thursday.

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