East Japan Railway Company

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East Japan Railway Company
Native name
Romanized name
Higashi-Nihon Ryokaku Tetsudō kabushiki gaisha
lit. "East Japan Passenger Railway Share Company"
Type Public KK
Industry Rail transport
Predecessor Japanese National Railways (JNR)
Founded1 April 1987 (privatization of JNR)
Area served
Kanto and Tōhoku regions
Niigata, Nagano, Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures
Key people
Tetsuro Tomita (Chairman of the Board) [1]
Masaki Ogata (Vice Chairman of the Board) [1]
Yuji Fukasawa (President, Representative Director) [1]
Products Suica (a rechargeable contactless smart card)
Services Passenger railways [2]
freight services [2]
bus transportation [2]
other related services [2]
  • Increase2.svg ¥2,867,200 million(FY 2016) [3]
  • Increase2.svg ¥2,756,165 million(FY 2015)
  • Increase2.svg ¥487,821 million(FY 2016) [3]
  • Increase2.svg¥427,522 million(FY 2015)
  • Increase2.svg ¥245,310 million(FY 2016) [3]
  • Decrease2.svg¥180,398 million(FY 2015)
Total assets
  • Increase2.svg ¥7,789,762 million(FY 2016) [3]
  • Increase2.svg¥7,605,690 million(FY 2015)
Total equity
  • Increase2.svg ¥2,442,129 million(FY 2016) [3]
  • Increase2.svg¥2,285,658 million(FY 2015)
Owner JTSB investment trusts (8.21%)
Mizuho Bank (4.07%)
TMTBJ investment trusts (3.97%)
MUFG Bank (2.75%)
Repurchased shares (2.67%)
(as of 30 September 2018)
Number of employees
73,017 (as of 31 March 2013) [1]
Divisions Railway operations [4]
Life-style business [4]
IT & Suica business [4]
Subsidiaries 83 companies, [5] [6]
including Tokyo Monorail and J-TREC
Website www.jreast.co.jp
Footnotes /references
[7] [8]
  East Japan Railway Company
JR East Shinkansen lineup at Niigata Depot 200910.jpg
Line up of JR East Shinkansen trains, October 2009
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
Total7,526.8 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]
Track gauge
Main 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
High-speed 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Main1,500 V DC overhead catenary 2,680.3 km (1,665.5 mi) [6]
20 kV AC, 50 Hz1,779.5 km (1,105.7 mi) [6]
Conventional lines in Tohoku
Joban Line (Fujishiro-Iwanuma)
Mito Line
25 kV AC, 50/60 Hz overhead 1,052.9 km (654.2 mi) [6]
Tohoku Shinkansen (50 Hz)
Joetsu Shinkansen (50 Hz)
Hokuriku Shinkansen (50/60 Hz)
No. tunnels 1,263 [6]
Tunnel length882 km (548 mi) [6]
Longest tunnelThe Seikan Tunnel 53,850 m (176,670 ft)
Hokkaido Shinkansen [6]
No. bridges 14,865 [6]
Longest bridgeNo.1 Kitakami River Bridge 3,868 m (12,690 ft)
Tohoku Shinkansen [6]
No. stations 1,703 [2]
Shinkansen lines
Conventional lines
Greater Tokyo Area Network Map
Suica and PASMO Network Map

The East Japan Railway Company (Japanese : 東日本旅客鉄道株式会社, Japanese pronunciation:  [Higashi-Nihon Ryokaku Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha]) is a major passenger railway company in Japan and is the largest of the seven Japan Railways Group companies. The company name is officially abbreviated as JR-EAST [9] or JR East in English, and as JR Higashi-Nihon (Japanese: JR東日本, Japanese pronunciation:  [Jeiāru Higashi-Nihon]) in Japanese. The company's headquarters are in Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo, and next to the Shinjuku Station. [2] It is listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange (it formerly had secondary listings in the Nagoya and Osaka stock exchanges), is a constituent of the TOPIX Core30 index, and is also one of the three only Japan Railways Group constituents of the Nikkei 225 index, the other being JR Central and JR West.


Commuter trains on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo JR East E235-0 Series No.13 Ebisu Sta.jpg
Commuter trains on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo
HB-E210 series hybrid DMU on Senseki-Tohoku Line JREast-HB-E212-6-20160728-134152.jpg
HB-E210 series hybrid DMU on Senseki-Tohoku Line
Special steam train on the Joetsu Line in Gunma Prefecture SL 20081207.jpg
Special steam train on the Jōetsu Line in Gunma Prefecture
Ticket machines in a station in Tokyo JREastTicketMachines.jpg
Ticket machines in a station in Tokyo
Smart card turnstile in Ikebukuro Station Ja JR Ikebukuro Sta. (North entrance).jpg
Smart card turnstile in Ikebukuro Station


JR East was incorporated on 1 April 1987 after being spun off from the government-run Japanese National Railways (JNR). 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.


Railway lines of JR East primarily serve the Kanto and Tohoku regions, along with adjacent areas in Kōshin'etsu region (Niigata, Nagano, Yamanashi) and Shizuoka prefectures.


JR East operates all of the Shinkansen, high-speed rail lines, north of Tokyo, except the Hokkaido Shinkansen, which is operated by JR Hokkaido.

The TokyoOsaka Tōkaidō Shinkansen is owned and operated by the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central), although it stops at several JR East stations.

Kanto regional lines

These lines have sections inside the Tokyo suburban area (Japanese: 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.

Koshinetsu regional lines

Tohoku 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 2011.


Limited express (daytime)

Limited express (overnight)


All remaining express services operated on JR East tracks are overnight expresses train(Japanese: 夜行急行列車, Japanese pronunciation:  [Yakō kyūkō ressha] ).


During fiscal 2017, the busiest stations in the JR East network by average daily passenger count were: [11]

  1. Shinjuku Station (778,618)
  2. Ikebukuro Station (566,516)
  3. Tokyo Station (452,549)
  4. Yokohama Station (420,192)
  5. Shinagawa Station (378,566)
  6. Shibuya Station (370,669)
  7. Shimbashi Station (277,404)
  8. Omiya Station (255,147)
  9. Akihabara Station (250,251)
  10. Kita-Senju Station (217,838)


JR East headquarters (JRDong Ri Ben Ben She biru), located near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo JR-East-HQ-Building-00.jpg
JR East headquarters (JR東日本本社ビル), located near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo


JR East co-sponsors the JEF United Chiba J-League football club [ citation needed ], which was formed by a merger between the JR East and Furukawa Electric company teams.

Environmental issues

JR East aims to reduce its carbon emissions by half, as measured over the period 1990–2030. This would be achieved by increasing the efficiency of trains and company-owned thermal power stations and by developing hybrid trains. [13]

Union issues

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has stated that JR East's official union is a front for a revolutionary political organization called the Japan Revolutionary Communist League (Revolutionary Marxist Faction). An investigation of this is ongoing. [14]

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". [15] The Railway Museum in Saitama is operated by the foundation.

Bids outside Japan

JR East holds a 15% shareholding in West Midlands Trains with Abellio and Mitsui that commenced operating the West Midlands franchise in England in December 2017. [16] [17] The same consortium has also been listed to bid for the South Eastern franchise. [18] [19]

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