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Japan Bullet Trains Resume as 8,500 Engineers Fix Quake Damage

Katsumi Kishitani worked almost seven weeks straight helping East Japan Railway Co. repair its busiest bullet-train line after last month’s earthquake. The payoff comes tomorrow when services fully resume for the spring holidays.

Kishitani, a transport ministry rail director for the earthquake-hit area, has been working 16-hour days and sleeping in his office in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. JR East, as the railroad is known, deployed 8,500 engineers on its main Tohoku line to fix tracks, bridges and tunnels damaged by the nation’s biggest earthquake, said Satohiko Asakura, a company spokesman.