Japanese Bullet Train Resumes Service

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The Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train resumed full service today between Tokyo and Shin Aomori in Japan. The resumption of the bullet train services is seen as one of the milestones of recovery in the region.

Japan's Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train services is back in service between Tokyo and Shin Aomori on Friday, lifting hopes of an economic recovery in quake-ravaged northeastern Japan.

The Tohoku Shinkansen service was suspended between Ichinoseki in Iwate prefecture, and Sendai in Miyagi prefecture for over a month and a half in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

According to a Japanese newspaper, trains will now run between Tokyo and Shin Aomori. That includes stops in Fukushima outside of the nuclear evacuation zone.

The resumption of the bullet train services to the largest industrial city in northeastern Japan is expected to bolster economic activity in the area, by providing quick access to Tokyo and facilitating reconstruction projects.

Passengers at Ichinoseki station welcomed the resumption of service.

"At first, I wanted to go by plane, but they weren't flying, so I thought about going by Shinkansen, and if that didn't work, I was thinking about taking the bus. But I'm glad the Shinkansen started moving again."

"The Shinkansen is finally moving, so it is easier to come here. At the beginning, I took an overnight bus to come here and that was tough."

Tohoku Shinkansen made headlines less than a week before the massive earthquake, launching an advanced model, called "Hayabusa" in Japanese, one of the fastest in the nation. The Hayate uses one of the older E2 models of bullet trains, but is used regularly for local travel.

The Tohoku Shinkansen will connect the most severely affected regions by the earthquake, and is seen as one of the milestones of recovery in the region.