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The number of seats on shinkansen superexpress and other trains of the Japan Railways Group booked for this year’s Golden Week holiday period stood at 1.34 million as of Wednesday, up 66% from a year before, the six JR passenger service firms said Thursday.

The surge in seat reservations during the period between April 28 and May 8 has come mainly because the government fully lifted its coronavirus quasi-emergency last month.

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