JR Hokkaido gets rare reform order


In an unprecedented move, the transport ministry has issued a supervision order to Hokkaido Railway Co. under the law governing Japan Railways Group companies, in the wake of a track inspection falsification scandal.

It is the first time any JR Group company has been slapped with such an order under the law since the group was created in 1987 from the breakup and privatization of Japanese National Railways.

The law mandates tougher business improvement measures than required under the law. But the ministry Friday also issued JR Hokkaido a separate business improvement order under the railway business law.