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East Japan Railway Company (JR East Group) profile and corporate video

   East Japan Railway Company, abbreviated as JR-EAST or JR East in English, and as JR Higashi-Nihon (JR東日本) in Japanese, is a Japan passenger railway company headquartered in Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo. It was incorporated on April 1, 1987, after being spun off from the government-run Japanese National Railways (JNR).


   It operates in a wide range of business areas, including:

  • Passenger railways;
  • Freight services;
  • Bus transportation;
  • Aerial cableway operations;
  • Travel agency services;
  • Warehouse services;
  • Parking lot operation;
  • Advertising and promotion;
  • Publication of books and magazines;
  • Financial services;
  • Sale of prepaid vouchers, memberships for sport and leisure facilities including golf and tennis clubs;
  • Telecommunications;
  • Computer-related data services;
  • Casualty insurance and other agency services;
  • Automobile maintenance and repair; sales of oil, gas and car accessories;
  • Sales of travel goods, food, beverages, liquors, medicines, cosmetics and daily necessities;
  • Hotel and restaurant management;
  • Civil engineering and general construction;
  • Facilities construction;
  • Supply of electricity;
  • Leasing of personal property; agency for dry cleaning, photo development and ticket sales for events, etc.;
  • Sales, leasing, management and brokerage of real estate;
  • Manufacture of transport-related machinery and equipment;
  • Manufacture of precision and industrial machinery and tools;
  • Production and sale of signs and information boards;
  • Establishment and management of recreation areas, physical fitness facilities, cultural facilities, preparatory schools and other educational facilities, and movie theaters;
  • Production of beverages and liquors; processing and sales of marine products;
  • Manufacture and sale of aggregates, masonry materials, concrete posts and blocks;
  • All businesses belonging to, or related with, the above businesses, and businesses necessary to accomplish the above objectives.

   With more than 50 000 employees, East Japan Railway Co. is considered a major passenger railway company in Japan and one of the largest Japan Railways Group companies. According to Forbes, it is considered one of the top 2000 largest public companies in the world.

*Information from Forbes.com, Wikipedia.org, and ”www.jreast.co.jp/e”.

**Video published on YouTube by “JR東日本公式チャンネル“.