Hokuriku Shinkansen, Lowest Ridership Since Opening of Kanazawa Extention

Hokuriku Shinkansen, Lowest Ridership Since Opening of Kanazawa Extention

JR West Kanazawa Branch, Limited Express and Shinkansen Ridership During 2020 Obon Holidays

On August 18th, Japan Rail (JR) West Kanazawa Branch Office released the ridership records for the Limited Express and Shinkansen trains during this year’s Obon holiday period (August 7th – 17th). Throughout the whole period, there were approximately 164 thousand passengers, 23% of last year’s figures during the same holiday period, the lowest numbers seen since the opening of the Kanazawa extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line.

The number of passengers on the Limited Express trains were approximately 86 thousand, 24% of last year’s figures, and the numbers on the Shinkansen trains were approximately 78 thousand, 23% of last year’s numbers. The train with the highest passenger rate was the Thunderbird 92, on August 16th, at 63% capacity. The JR West Kanazawa Branch Office explained, “The continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection was a huge influence. We will consider the operation schedule going forward, based on the ridership conditions from hereon.”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1146815

Mihama Town Man, Close Contact of COVID-19 Case Outside Fukui Prefecture

Mihama Town Man, Close Contact of COVID-19 Case Outside Fukui Prefecture

August 20th Report, A Visit to Parent’s Home Outside the Prefecture

On August 20th, Fukui Prefecture reported a new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection of a Mihama Town male company employee in his 50s. On the 19th, the man was contacted by a relative who was confirmed as a COVID-19 close contact outside the prefecture.

The Mihama Town man returned to his hometown outside Fukui Prefecture, to stay at his parent’s home from August 7th to 17th. During the evening of the 18th, he experienced a sore throat. On the 19th, the man received a notification confirming a COVID-19 infection of a family member in his parent’s home, and went to get tested, showing positive for the virus.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1147920