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23 March, 2020

Comments on the Resumption of Full Operation of the JR Joban Line

On Saturday, March 14, trains and stations on the JR Joban Line returned to full operation some nine years after the giant earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the subsequent accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS). Service was resumed on final suspended portion, measuring 20.8 km, including the stations of Tomioka and Yonomori (both in Tomioka Town), Ono (Okuma Town), Futaba (Futaba Town), and Namie (Namie Town). Evacuation orders for the areas around those stations had been previously lifted.

Limited Express Hitachi No. 3 arriving at Ono StationAccording to East Japan Railway, operations of its Limited Express “Hitachi,” which had run from Shinagawa and Ueno Stations in Tokyo to Iwaki, have been extended farther north to Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture), with three round-trips per day. The reopening of the entire line will enable the movement of many more people and the transport of large amounts of cargo, and is expected to give new impetus to reconstruction of the area. On National Route 6, restrictions were eased for motorcycles and motor-assisted bicycles on March 4 ridden through an area designated as a place “where residents will not be able to return home for a long time,” in addition to automobiles, which have been allowed already. Overall, work is underway on such matters as expanding the Joban Expressway to four lanes and ...more
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