Train Services Suspended as Powerful Typhoon Approaches Western Japan
Tokyo, Aug. 14 (Jiji Press)--West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, said Wednesday that it will suspend most of its operations on the Sanyo Shinkansen high-speed train line on Thursday when powerful Typhoon Krosa is expected to make landfall in western Japan.
All 311 train runs between Kokura and Shin-Osaka stations will be brought to a halt, while services between Kokura and Hakata stations will be reduced to about one train run an hour, the company said.
JR West also said that it will suspend operations on 19 local lines in the prefectures of Hiroshima, Okayama and Yamaguchi on Thursday.
The suspensions are expected to affect many travelers as the country is in the "bon" summer holiday period.
Typhoon-related cancellations are also affecting summer pastimes in the region.