More than half of Japan’s 1.3 million train stations are no longer serving the country’s commuters.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said in a statement on Thursday that it was taking action to ensure safety of train passengers.
It cited a “high risk” of a “significant incident” in March when a train derailed in Tokyo.
“Safety measures were increased and we will implement them at the earliest,” METI said in the statement.
The agency also said it was considering an application for a new state-run railway company, which could be set up in 2020.
The train accident that caused a massive shutdown of Tokyo’s main railway system also led to the cancellation of a planned trip between the US and the European Union.