Shinkansen operators to remove public phones

The operators of Japan's Shinkansen bullet trains will draw an era to a close this summer when they remove public phones from the cars.

The first ones were introduced on bullet trains in 1965, and all of them will be taken out by the end of June.

In the pre-mobile era, passengers often relied on the pay phones for business and emergencies. But the advent of cell phones led to a decline in use.

And in December last year, when it became possible to get wireless signals even in tunnels, operators called time on the old technology.

Most of the text news services displayed in train cars are also being removed.