Japan’s beloved bullet trains are not doing well, and Covid-19 is to blame
At a time of year when many people in Japan should be getting out of the city, the country’s superfast trains are almost empty
Tokyo — These days, the section of Tokyo Station serving regional destinations is a shadow of its former self. Gone are the usual crowds and on a midweek afternoon in late September, just a handful of commuters browsed bento-box stores.
“I see more cleaning staff getting off trains than passengers,” said Taro Aoki, who oversees 18 fast-food outlets in the capital’s main inter-city rail terminal. “People used to swiftly pick which bento to buy and wait in line, but now, there’s hardly anyone around.”..