JR East

Foundation: 1987

Headquarters: Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

President: Yuji Fukasawa

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East Japan Railway Company (JR East) is the main railway company operating in the Kanto region and is the largest railway company in the nation. It is the largest of the seven private companies created by the breakup of the state-run Japanese National Railways in 1987. Its annual income is in the range of US$30 billion.

News Timeline

2020

July

-JR East holds the “Takanawa Gateway Fest,” a showcase for smart technologies at the new station on the Tokyo Yamanote Line. A key exhibit is an automated ticket gate with a facial recognition system, which the firm expected to deploy in future months or years.

-JR East President Yuji Fukasawa declares that “we won’t return to the situation before the epidemic.” The company will be shifting its fare structure, including the possibility of changing the prices of boarding the trains depending on the time of day.

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