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Use of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line fell 14 percent from May 1 through Wednesday compared with a year ago as the H1N1 swine flu outbreak and a decline in business trips brought fewer passengers, Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said Thursday.

If the downtrend continues for the rest of the month, the rate of decline will break the monthly record of 13 percent set in February 1995 after the Great Hanshin Earthquake, it said.

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