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East Japan Railway Company
Type Public KK (TYO: 9020)
Predecessor Japan National Railways (JNR)
Founded April 1, 1987 (privatization of JNR)
Headquarters 2-2-2 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo[1],  Japan
Area served Kantō and Tōhoku regions
Niigata, Nagano, Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures
Key people Mutsutake Ōtsuka, Chairman
Satoshi Seino (ja:清野智), President
Industry Private railroad
Products Suica (a rechargeable contactless smart card)
Services passenger railways [1]
freight services [1]
bus transportation [1]
other related services [1]
Revenue ¥2.70 trillion (2009) [2]
Operating income ¥433 billion (2009)[2]
Net income ¥178 billion (2009)[2]
Total assets ¥6.97 trillion (2009)[2]
Total equity ¥1.74 trillion (2009)[2]
Owner(s) Japan Trustee Services Bank (6.61%)[3]
The Master Trust Bank of Japan (4.93%)[3]
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (3.13%)[3]
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (2.63%)[3]
Mizuho Corporate Bank (2.50%)[3]
Mizuho Bank (2.50%)[3]
The JR East Employees Shareholding Association (2.46%)[3]
Nippon Life (2.00%)[3]
Dai-ichi Life (1.78%)[3]
(as of March 31, 2009)
Employees 61,900 (as of April 1, 2008)[1]
Divisions Railway operations [4]
Life-style business [4]
IT & Suica business[4]
Subsidiaries 83 companies,[5] [6]
including Tokyo Monorail
Website www.jreast.co.jp
     East Japan Railway Company
E2-1000 series on Hayate service at Iwate-Numakunai Station.jpg
JR East E2 Series Shinkansen Hayate train
National railway Japan Railways Group
Infrastructure company Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency
Ridership 6.169 billion per year[6]
Passenger km 130.5 billion per year[6]
System length
Total 7,526.8 km (4,676.9 mi)[6]
Double track 3,668 km (2,279 mi) (49%)[6]
Electrified 5,512.7 km (3,425.4 mi) (73.2%)[6]
High-speed 1,052.9 km (654.2 mi) (14.0%)[6]
Main 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
High-speed 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Main 1,500 V DC overhead catenary 2,680.3 km (1,665.5 mi)[6]
20 kV AC 50 Hz 1,779.5 km (1,105.7 mi)[6]
Conventional lines in Tohoku
Joban Line (Fujishiro-Iwanuma)
Mito Line
25 kV AC 50 Hz/60 Hz overhead  1,052.9 km (654.2 mi)[6]
Tohoku Shinkansen (50 Hz)
Joetsu Shinkansen (50 Hz)
Nagano Shinkansen (50 Hz/60 Hz)
No. tunnels 1,263[6]
Tunnel length 882 km (548 mi)[6]
Longest tunnel The Iwate-Ichinohe Tunnel 25,808 m (84,670 ft)
Tohoku Shinkansen[6]
No. bridges 14,865[6]
Longest bridge No.1 Kitakami River Bridge 3,868 m (12,690 ft)
Tohoku Shinkansen[6]
No. stations 1,703[1]

Shinkansen lines
Conventional lines
Greater Tokyo Area Network Map
Suica and PASMO Network Map

JR Yamanote Line train in Tokyo, Japan.
Automated Train Ticket Machine.

East Japan Railway Company (東日本旅客鉄道株式会社 Higashi-Nihon Ryokaku Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha ?) is the largest passenger railway company in the world and one of the seven Japan Railways Group companies. The company name is officially abbreviated as JR East in English, and as JR Higashi-Nihon (JR東日本 ?) in Japanese.



JR East was incorporated on April 1, 1987 after being spun off from the government-run Japanese National Railways. The spin-off was nominally "privatization", as the company was actually a wholly owned subsidiary of the government-owned JNR Settlement Corporation for several years, and was not completely sold to the public until 2002.

Following the breakup, JR East ran the operations on former JNR lines in the Greater Tokyo Area, the Tōhoku region, and surrounding areas.


Its railway lines primarily serve Kantō and Tōhoku regions, along with adjacent areas in Niigata, Nagano, Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures.



JR East operates all of the Shinkansen, high speed rail lines, north of Tokyo.

The Tokyo–Osaka Tōkaidō Shinkansen is owned and operated by the Central Japan Railway Company, although it stops at several JR East stations.

Kantō regional lines

Greater Tokyo Area

These lines have sections inside the Tokyo Suburban Area (東京近郊区間) designated by JR East. This does not necessarily mean that the lines are fully inside the Greater Tokyo Area.

Other lines in Kantō

Tōkai and Kōshinetsu regional lines

Tōhoku regional lines

Train services

Below is the full list of limited express (including Shinkansen) and express train services operated on JR East lines as of 2008.


Limited express (daytime)

Limited express (overnight)

Express (overnight)


JR East headquarters, located near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo
  • Higashi-Nihon Kiosk - provides newspapers, drinks and other items in station kiosks and operates the Newdays convenience store chain
  • JR Bus Kantō / JR Bus Tōhoku - intercity bus operators
  • Nippon Restaurant Enterprise - provides bentō box lunches on trains and in train stations
  • Tokyo Monorail - (70% owned)


JR East co-sponsors the JEF United Ichihara Chiba J-League soccer club, which was formed by a merger between JR East and Furukawa Electric company teams.

East Japan Railway Culture Foundation

The East Japan Railway Culture Foundation is a non-profit organization established by JR East for the purpose of developing a "richer railway culture".[7] The Railway Museum in Saitama is operated by the foundation.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g East Japan Railway Company. "JR East Corporate Data". http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/data/index.html. Retrieved 20 June 2009.  (English)
  2. ^ a b c d e East Japan Railway Company. "Consolidated Results of Fiscal 2009 (Year Ended March 31, 2009)". http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/investor/financial/2009/pdf/2009_financialresults.pdf. Retrieved 20 June 2009.  (English)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i East Japan Railway Company. "Business Report for the 22nd Fiscal Year". http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/investor/shareholders/2009/pdf/business.pdf. Retrieved 20 June 2009.  (English)
  4. ^ a b c East Japan Railway Company. "Organization". http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/organization/index.html. Retrieved 20 June 2009.  (English)
  5. ^ East Japan Railway Company. "グループ会社一覧". http://www.jreast.co.jp/group/index.html. Retrieved 20 June 2009.  (Japanese)
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o East Japan Railway Company. "会社要覧2008". http://www.jreast.co.jp/youran/pdf/jre_youran_all.pdf. Retrieved 20 June 2009.  (Japanese)
  7. ^ East Japan Railway Culture Foundation. "FOR A RICHER RAILWAY CULTURE". http://www.ejrcf.or.jp/en_zh/about/index_en.html. Retrieved 28 October 2007.  

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