KISARAZU, Chiba Pref. — It was the day to hang up their sea boots after decades on the sea.

As a gigantic state-of-the-art undersea tunnel opened amid fanfare Thursday to link Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures, a ferry line that carried 36 million passengers and 7 million vehicles between the two shores over 32 years silently closed.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.