The Japan Railways Group, more commonly known as JR Group JR, consists
of seven that took over most
of the assets and operations of the government-owned Japanese National
Railways on April 1, 1987.
Most of the liability of the JNR was assumed by the JNR Settlement Corporation.
The JR Group lies at the
heart of Japan's railway network, operating a large proportion of intercity
rail services, including
Shinkansen, high-speed rail lines, and commuter rail service. Despite JR
East, JR Central, JR West and
JR Kyushu now having full private ownerships; as if none of the JR Group
company's third sector former
JR lines, is part of them, since they are successors of Japanese National
Railways. JR Hokkaido, JR Shikoku
and JR Freight are still governed by Act for the Passenger Railway Companies
and Japan Freight Railway
Company. Maps almost always denoted JR and private railways differently,
as does JR itself.
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JR Hokkaido$B!!(BSmoking is prohibited.
JR East$B!!(BSmoking is prohibited.
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Jr Shikoku$B!!(BSmoking is prohibited.
Narita Airport - Tokyo Railway services
All non-smoking Tokyo-Aomori bullet train 'Hayabusa' debuted in March 2011.
Maximum speed is 320 kms/H, the same level of France's TGV, the world fastest
All non-smoking Tokyo-Akita bullet train 'Super-Komachi' debuted in March
Hayabusa, the new 300 km/h shinkansen train operated by East Japan Railway
East Japan Railway Company movements towards a smokefree rail trip
All Shinkansen trains run between Tokyo and Hakata, via Osaka, have enclosed
$B!&!&!&(BJR Tokai and JR West
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The article was written in July 2007, and last revised in April, 2021,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.