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Tokyo's iconic commuter line adds first new stop in half-century

Takanawa Gateway Station already drawing luxury condo and more school applicants

The new Takanawa Gateway Station serves a key step in JR East's plans to redevelop the neighborhood. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- The Japanese capital's Yamanote commuter train line is set to open its first new station in almost 50 years on March 14, with added convenience already boosting land prices and school applicants in the area. 

Takanawa Gateway Station -- between Tamachi and Shinagawa stations -- is expected to serve about 130,000 passengers daily on Tokyo's busy line, which connects such major hubs as Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro in a loop.

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