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Sake, Lounge on Offer as Japan Bullet Train Luxury Takes on Jets

  • New link connects Tokyo to Hokkaido city in four hour ride
  • Focus on luxury may help lure customers away from airlines
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Dinner with sake, an airport-like lounge and roomier seats.

That’s the offer on bullet trains as the Shinkansen rolls into Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, home to some of the country’s best ski resorts, for the first time.