According to The Asahi Shimbun, some Shinkansen are carrying perishable freight along with passengers, as railway operators and food producers alike expand the use of high-speed trains for urgent goods.
Cargoes of live seafood, ripe fruits and other delicate goods are being packed aboard passenger cars across Japan's network of high-speed rail tracks.
“Our aim is to help revitalize local communities through delivering food products formerly available exclusively in certain zones to large cities,” said an official of the regional reinvigoration department of West Japan Railway Co. (JR West). “Our expectation is that, in turn, consumers in urban areas feel like going to their production spots.”
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