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Tuesday, 26th April 2011
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Tohoku train service re-opens six weeks after quake

More than six weeks after it was heavily affected by the March 11th earthquake, the new Tohoku Shinkansen train line between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori has been re-opened.

A partial service resumed yesterday (April 25th), including stops just outside of the no-go area in Fukushima prefecture, Chinese broadcaster NTDTV reported.

Railway officials expect the line to be fully operational by the end of the week, resulting in better transport links between the capital and Sendai.

Passengers on this line will be able to climb aboard the Hayabusa train, which boasts a distinctive green, pink and silver design.

The Hayabusa, which was unveiled just one week before last month's natural disasters, is one of the fastest trains in Japan, capable of speeds of up to 180 mph.

Visitors to the country can order a special Japan Rail Pass, which offers travel on many major train routes for up to three weeks.

Written by Kimberley Homer

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