JR East to open 100 unmanned convenience stores in next four years

Business Jun 2, 2020

JR East to open 100 unmanned convenience stores in next four years

East Japan Railway Co. will accelerate plans to open 100 unmanned convenience stores within the next four years, sources close to the matter said Tuesday, as it takes advantage of the need to reduce human contact amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company's first unmanned convenience ...

JR Shibuya Station opens new Saikyo Line platform

National Jun 1, 2020

JR Shibuya Station opens new Saikyo Line platform

East Japan Railway Co. opened a new platform for its Saikyo Line for use Monday at Shibuya Station in Tokyo. The railway operator moved the Saikyo Line platform north by about 350 meters so that the new platform and the Yamanote Line platforms are positioned ...

Former JR East president Masatake Matsuda dies at 84

Business May 25, 2020

Former JR East president Masatake Matsuda dies at 84

Masatake Matsuda, former president of East Japan Railway Co. and promoter of the April 1987 privatization of the Japanese National Railways, died of liver cancer last Tuesday, it was learned on Monday. He was 84. Matsuda, who joined the JNR in 1961, became an executive ...

Harajuku Station replaced by gleaming glass box for Tokyo Games

Business Mar 21, 2020

Harajuku Station replaced by gleaming glass box for Tokyo Games

The new version of Harajuku Station opened on Tokyo's busy Yamanote loop line Saturday as visitors in masks gathered to gawk despite the coronavirus pandemic. The new building, situated just south of the original wooden one, is a two-story structure straddling the tracks with exits ...

Tokyo train station eatery gives soba-cooking robot a try

Business Mar 17, 2020

Tokyo train station eatery gives soba-cooking robot a try

A robot that cooks soba noodles is serving hungry commuters at a train station in western Tokyo in yet another example of Japan's shift to automation as labor remains in short supply. The robot was introduced Monday on a trial basis at Higashikoganei Station on ...