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Abbreviation for Japan Railways which operate Japan's largest railway network.

The Japan Railways Group, commonly known as JR, is a government-subsidized group of eight private companies which operate Japan's largest railway network including shinkansen bullet trains. They operate in all prefectures except Okinawa. They took over the government-owned and debt-ridden Japanese National Railways (JNR) on April 1, 1987. Their customer service, employee courtesy, train speeds (especially the shinkansen lines, in order to compete with airlines), and train comfort and technology have improved significantly since 1987.

JR's six passenger-train companies are separated by region, but most operate long-distance train service beyond their regional boundaries (the Tokaido Shinkansen, for example, is operated by JR Central but extends to JR East and JR West stations).

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Japan Railways