Foundation exec claimed business class fare, flew coach

Kyodo

The secretary general of the Hiroshima-based Radiation Effects Research Foundation said Thursday he made more than 400,000 yen by flying on a discount ticket when his institute paid for a business-class ticket.

The foundation is funded by the Japanese and U.S. governments.

The 58-year-old official said he received 570,000 yen for a business-class round-trip ticket between Tokyo and Washington for a meeting in June last year, but bought and used a discount economy-class ticket that cost less than 150,000 yen.

“I took the matter too lightly,” he said. “I am now reflecting on my act.”

The foundation has in-house rules for business trips, giving the full amount of fares set by carriers, even when cheaper fares are available.

Japan’s public servants, on the other hand, usually receive the amount they actually spend for official trips.

Two institute officials who accompanied the secretary general made about 300,000 yen using a similar method, he said.

The secretary general also admitted he gained a total of about 200,000 yen on some 20 other occasions when he used train tickets that were cheaper than the fares he received for domestic business trips during the year to March.

The research foundation was reorganized in 1975. Its predecessor, the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, was established in 1946 under the order of U.S. President Harry Truman.

The organization, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Energy Department and Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, focuses on the study of the health of survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.