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Japan bullet trains cut by 40% to Hokkaido, other destinations

Coronavirus slams brakes on JR East's early summer travel season

A JR East bullet train travels on the Joetsu Shinkansen line connecting Tokyo and northwestern Japan. The railroad operator is scaling back service starting May 28. (Photo by Yasuaki Sako)

TOKYO -- East Japan Railway will slash high-speed bullet train service by about 40% indefinitely as the country's coronavirus outbreak disrupts plans by business travelers and tourists.

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