Suspended Tohoku Shinkansen section to partly reopen Tuesday

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Workers gather around derailed Tohoku Shinkansen train cars in Shiroishi, Miyagi Prefecture, on Sunday.

The operation of the Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train will resume Tuesday in parts of a section suspended following a quake-caused derailment last week.

Wednesday night’s 7.4-magnitude earthquake caused the suspension between Nasu-Shiobara Station in Tochigi Prefecture and Morioka Station in Iwate Prefecture.

On Tuesday, trains will run in the section between Nasu-Shiobara and Koriyama Station in Fukushima as well as between Ichinoseki Station in Iwate and Morioka on special timetables, East Japan Railway Co. said Monday.

The operation will remain suspended in the stretch between Koriyama and Ichinoseki stations. JR East said operations on the entire line are likely to resume around April 20.