Japan Railway

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Approximate areas that the JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, and JR Kyushu Companies cover.

Japan Railway, more commonly called JR, is a collective term for the privatized successors to the former Japanese National Railways, formed when JNR was divided into seven parts on April 1, 1987. These companies now collectively form the Japan Rail Group [1] (http://www.japanrail.com/jrgroup.php).

In Japan, a strong distinction is still made between JR and "genuine" private railways.

The seven JR companies are:

In addition, there is JR Soken (JR総研), a research institution.

See also

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