West Japan Railway Company

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Nishi-Nihon ryokaku tetsudō KK

legal form Kabushiki kaisha
ISIN JP3659000008
founding April 1, 1987
Seat Osaka , Japan
management Seiji Manabe
Number of employees 26,886 (2015)
sales $ 11.25 billion (2014/15)
Branch traffic
Website www.westjr.co.jp

JR West headquarters building in Kita-ku , Osaka , Osaka Prefecture , Japan

The Nishi-Nihon ryokaku tetsudō KK ( Japanese 西 日本 旅客 鉄 道 株式会社 , German about " West Japan Passenger Railway Corporation"; English West Japan Railway Company ; short: JR 西 日本 , JR Nishi-Nihon , English JR West ) listed in the Nikkei 225 , is one of the seven successors of the Japanese National Railways , which was privatized in 1987 and collectively referred to as the JR [Group] ( jeiāru [gurūpu] , English Japan Railways ).

The company's largest shareholder is The Master Trust Bank of Japan with 3.98 percent .


JR West's area in dark blue

JR West was founded on April 1, 1987 after the Japanese State Railway Company was privatized and split up.

2005, there were on the Fukuchiyama Line for railway accident in Amagasaki , as there derailed a local train. 107 people died in the accident, including the driver.


Mainly the Kansai and the Chūgoku regions are supplied, as well as a few peripheral areas of the prefectures Niigata , Nagano , Shiga , Mie , Wakayama , Okayama , Yamaguchi and Fukuoka .


  • Susanne Mayer-Hagmann: By train to… the west of Japan. Germany, SWR / Hagen von Ortloff, 2009, 43 min.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c West Japan Railway 2015 Annual Report , accessed July 15, 2016

Web links

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