7-km part of Joban Line reopens in Fukushima via The Japan Times

East Japan Railway Co. on Saturday partially reopened a section of the Joban Line in Fukushima Prefecture that had been suspended since the March 2011 mega-quake, tsunami and nuclear disasters struck.

Services resumed on a 6.9-km-long stretch between Tomioka Station in the town of Tomioka and Tatsuta Station in Naraha. But the remaining 20.8 km remains unconnected and JR East aims to reopen it by March 2020.

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On the reopened section, the train passed close to a temporary storage place where plastic bags containing waste material from demolition work are stacked.

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The trains will make 11 round trips every day on the reopened section.

The remaining 20.8 km of track runs through an area near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

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