JR train reservations for Bon summer holidays down 79 percent
Japan Times -- Jul 23
The number of Japan Railways Group train seats booked for the Bon summer holiday period between Aug. 7 and 17 dived 79 percent from a year before, JR companies said Wednesday.

The weakness reflected falls in demand for travel amid a resurgence of novel coronavirus infections.

The number of seat reservations per day sank to the worst level since 1997, the start of the existing record, according to the six JR passenger service companies.

The number of reserved seats plunged 80 percent to 570,000 for shinkansen bullet trains and 76 percent to 180,000 for other trains.

Demand is expected to peak Aug. 8 for outbound trains and Aug. 16 for inbound trains, but there are still seats left, the companies said.

お盆期間の予約が去年の2割にとどまり、過去最低になっています。  JR各社は来月7日から17日までの各新幹線の指定席の予約状況を発表しました。今月21日現在、予約席数は57万席で、新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大の影響もあり、去年の同じ時期に比べて2割にとどまっています。統計が残っている1997年以降で過去最低の予約数だということです。JR東海は車両が混雑しないよう余裕を持って利用してもらうため、去年よりも一日平均で11本多く東海道新幹線を運行する予定です。
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