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Japanese private-rail ridership up 1.2% in April-Sept half

Ridership was high on lines providing access to airports, such as Keisei Electric Railway's Keisei Skyliner.

TOKYO -- Passenger volume among 16 Japanese private railway operators rose 1.2% on the year to 5.17 billion in the six months through September, bolstered by foreign tourism and urban redevelopment.

This marks the fifth straight gain for a fiscal first half but a slowdown from a year earlier, when traffic jumped 3.5%. The deceleration owes to damage from natural disasters as well as the absence of a long break in September due to the peculiarities of Japan's holiday calendar.

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