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12 train operators in Tokyo region won't run all-night services Dec 31-Jan 1

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Twelve railway and subway operators in the Tokyo metropolitan region will not run all-night services from Dec 31 to Jan 1 as part of anti-coronavirus measures to reduce crowds heading to shrines and New Year’s Eve countdown events.

The decision comes in response to a request by Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike and the governors of Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures not to operate trains throughout the night, Fuji TV reported. Services will be the same as any weekday, transport officials said.

For JR East, it will be the first time since it was established in 1987 after the break-up of Japanese National Railways that train services on New Year’s Eve will be curtailed. JR East operates the busy Yamanote and Chuo lines, among others.

Tokyo Metro and Toei subway are also among companies shortening their hours, as are the operators of the Keikyu, Keisei, Keio and Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit lines. In addition, the Shonan Monorail in Kanagawa Prefecture, which is popular among people wanting to see the year’s first sunrise, will be suspended for the night. Seibu Railway, Odakyu Electric, Tokyu Corp and Tobu Railway are other operators that will suspend all-night services.

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Refreshing to see some tangible action taking place as a preventative measure.

-2 ( +11 / -13 )

looks like the taxis are going to be busy.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

That’s too bad, the whole city was looking forward to clubbing all night

-1 ( +11 / -12 )

Wait, so that means workers will get to have a special night off and spend it with their family for a change? How criminal............

1 ( +9 / -8 )

Genius plan, so I guess everybody won't be crammed in like sardines in a can on the last train?

1 ( +11 / -10 )

Genius plan, so I guess everybody won't be crammed in like sardines in a can on the last train?

1) Many people won't want to get on packed trains, so they will just not go out, or leave earlier

2) You can only spread the virus so much on a couple of trains

Still better than doing nothing.

-14 ( +3 / -17 )

1) Many people won't want to get on packed trains, so they will just not go out, or leave earlier

Utter nonesense, you think teenagers in Shibuya will not be going out this New Years Eve because they are worried about being crammed into the last train. You know very little about Japanese teens.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Twelve railway and subway operators in the Tokyo metropolitan region will not run all-night services from Dec 31 to Jan 1

The trains run all night for more than just these two days during the year end holidays.

This will help with nothing.

-12 ( +1 / -13 )

Glad to hear this news !

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Twelve railway and subway operators in the Tokyo metropolitan region will not run all-night services from Dec 31 to Jan 1 as part of anti-coronavirus measures to reduce crowds heading to shrines and New Year’s Eve countdown events.

It wasn't like this last year. I wonder when things would get back to normal. :‑(

4 ( +4 / -0 )

SandyBeachHeaven

I am not aware of any other night of the year, besides New Year's Eve, that trains run all through the night. Which nights are you referring to?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

The fewer number of train cars could form bigger crowds....

Better stay home or visit a local shrine or temple. Almost all residential areas across Japan enshrine one or more "designated" gods/deities as a local guardian. It's a rightful manner to pay hommage first to a neighboring shrine/temple and then to vist major and popular one.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

People really shouldn't be out celebrating, not wearing masks right now. Other countries have made restrictions. Japanese government should "urge" more than it does. However, some people just gotta do something on New Years that involves drinking around a bunch of strangers in crowded areas. I expect New Years will be a Trump Rally-like super spreader event. I'm staying at home.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

They were looking for an excuse to cut service and give their taxis more business. The pandemic did them a favor.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

This will in no direct way act as a protective measure / strategy to control corona infection rate! People will go out regardless of shorter train operating hours and actually will crowd up the last few trains or even stay out all night and get the early morning trains back home. All in all this strategy in fact might lead to more infections! Just like many other decisions made by old men in Japan, this one is also a farce!

9 ( +9 / -0 )

“Stay HOME”...

4 ( +6 / -2 )

As far as I know the 10:00 pm closing rule runs through January 11th. So you " clubbing all night " jackasses had better find another country to do it in.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

better than nothing.... Train is more "mitsu" than taxis. good also to help my taxi friends.

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2) You can only spread the virus so much on a couple of trains

Acouple of trains is all it takes.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

There's always a last train.

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