Japan's year-end exodus continues
NHK -- Dec 30
Japanese travelers are crowding highways, train stations and airports as they head to their hometowns and leisure spots for the New Year holidays.

Airline companies say domestic flights departing Tokyo's Haneda Airport were near capacity on Friday.

Japan Railways Group companies say that reserved seats for outbound Shinkansen trains are almost fully booked for Saturday, and they say congestion is expected to continue throughout the day.

Expressway operators say traffic jams will likely continue in some areas on Saturday. They say congestion of 30 kilometers on the Tomei Expressway, and 20 kilometers on the Kanetsu expressway, is expected for Saturday morning.

年末年始をふるさとや海外で過ごす人たちで、空の便を中心に混雑のピークを迎えています。 鉄道では、東海道・山陽新幹線が下りの「のぞみ1号」で自由席の乗車率が140%になったほか、東北、山形、上越、北陸の各新幹線の一部列車で乗車率が100%となっています。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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