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Entire Tohoku bullet train line back in service month after quake

Trains to run at reduced speeds as infrastructure repairs still underway

The first bullet train since services were restored across the entire Tohoku Shinkansen line leaves Tokyo Station on April 14, 2022. A 7.4 quake in March had derailed a train.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Tohoku Shinkansen, which connects Tokyo and Aomori, the northernmost prefecture of Japan's main island, on Thursday began making full runs for the first time since a powerful earthquake derailed one of its bullet trains nearly a month ago.

The high-speed trains are now back in service between Fukushima and Sendai stations, the last stretch of the line to go unused since the temblor. The resumption also enabled Hokkaido and Akita Shinkansen trains to reach Tokyo.

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