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Fed up with crowded trains? An announcement made Monday by East Japan Railway Co. could further irk commuters — the railway mistakenly charged higher fares for at least 31/2 years at many stations in eastern Japan.

The carrier said fare tables at 147 stations in Tokyo, Yokohama, Chiba, Sendai, Akita, Niigata, Nagano, Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, and elsewhere listed the wrong fares for 290 sections of rail.

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