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Tokyo-Osaka bullet train to resume near-full service in summer

Passengers encouraged to sit apart for social distancing

A bullet train travels the Tokaido Shinkansen line connecting Tokyo and Osaka. (Photo by Masayuki Kozono)

NAGOYA -- Japan's most-traveled bullet train line, a travel artery connecting Tokyo and Osaka, will restore service to nearly year-earlier levels in July and August, its operator said Thursday.

The Tokaido Shinkansen cut service in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Ridership has not recovered to pre-outbreak levels, but Central Japan Railway looks to provide enough social distancing space for passengers.

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