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Japan's bullet trains to start delivering cargo in 2024

JR East hopes to use spare capacity to capitalize on truck driver shortage

JR East's new service assumes to carry as many as 1,000 boxes if an entire train devoted to freight. (Photo by Kai Ishizaki)

TOKYO -- East Japan Railway will begin operating freight deliveries on bullet train routes as early as the fiscal year starting April 2024, Nikkei has learned.

The new service is designed to give the railway operator a new source of revenue at a time when COVID-19 has reduced demand for commuter train services and long-distance passenger services to and from Tokyo.

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