Ahead of the changes in departing times of the last trains in the Tokyo area on Wednesday, staff at East Japan Railway Co. called on the people at JR Shinjuku Station on Tuesday to be aware that the last trains will be leaving early.

The governors of Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures, as well as the transport ministry, have asked railway operators to bring forward the departure times of final trains to reduce late-night passenger number amid the spread of the coronavirus.

Starting Wednesday, JR East will suspend a total of 42 trains on weekdays and 40 trains on Saturdays and holidays on the 11 lines, bringing forward the departure times of the last trains by 8 to 32 minutes. The 11 include the Yamanote, Chuo, Keihin Tohoku and Keiyo lines.