TOKYO — East Japan Railway will slash high-speed bullet train service by about 40% indefinitely as the country’s coronavirus outbreak disrupts plans by business travelers and tourists.
The service cuts begin May 28 on shinkansen lines connecting Tokyo and northern Japan, the railroad operator known as JR East said Wednesday.
The reductions will affect service to destinations including Hokkaido and Kanazawa.
Japan’s government on Thursday is expected to lift its state of emergency in most regions, but Tokyo and Hokkaido are among those that will remain under travel and business restrictions.
JR East trains will be reduced on the Tohoku,