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Japan's bullet trains face 90% drop in Golden Week passengers

Holiday ridership plummets to worst in over two decades amid outbreak

East Japan Railway's Tohoku shinkansen saw reservations dip 91% during the Golden Week period. (Photo by Konosuke Urata)

TOKYO -- Ridership on Japan's shinkansen bullet trains is poised to plummet 91% for the upcoming Golden Week holiday as people stay home to avoid the novel coronavirus.

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