Sep 11, 2014

JR Hokkaido cancels express train project in favor of safety push

Scandal-tainted Hokkaido Railway Co. has decided to cancel work on a high-speed diesel express train and focus instead on improving safety and launching a shinkansen service in spring 2016. The railway says it wants to regain public trust after scandals exposed its shoddy track ...

Feb 19, 2014

No way to run a railway

Hokkaido police have begun an investigation of JR Hokkaido on suspicion that its workers fabricated track maintenance data after a freight train derailed in the Hakodate line's Onuma Station compound last Sept. 19.

Police gear up to search JR Hokkaido

Feb 12, 2014

Police gear up to search JR Hokkaido

Police were set to search the head office of Hokkaido Railway Co. on Wednesday over the railway operator’s alleged falsifications of maintenance data, investigative sources said. The search, also targeting four other locations, including JR Hokkaido’s maintenance offices in Onuma and Hakodate, follows a ...

Feb 10, 2014

JR Hokkaido faces criminal probe over data falsifications

The transport ministry filed a criminal complaint Monday against Hokkaido Railway Co. over alleged falsifications of maintenance data, prompting the police to open a criminal investigation into the matter. The move by the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry marks the first criminal case ...

Feb 3, 2014

JR Hokkaido plans record safety investment in FY 2014

Scandal-hit Hokkaido Railway Co. plans to spend ¥25 billion to improve the safety of its railway services in fiscal 2014, which starts in April, up about 30 percent from fiscal 2013, sources said. The amount is the largest since JR Hokkaido was established in ...

Jan 25, 2014

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 ...

Jan 21, 2014

JR Hokkaido punishes 75 employees over track data falsification

Hokkaido Railway Co. on Tuesday announced punitive measures for 75 employees over the failure to fix track defects and falsification of track maintenance data. The punishment, which includes three-month pay cuts for JR Hokkaido’s chairman and president as well as dismissal of five employees, ...

Dec 13, 2013

JR Hokkaido admits manipulating track data at accident site

Hokkaido Railway Co. says inspection data for the tracks involved in a train derailment in September had been falsified. The accident led to revelations of sloppy management at JR Hokkaido, including leaving problems on some rail tracks unresolved for almost a year and other ...

Nov 22, 2013

JR Hokkaido admits more falsified checks

Hokkaido Railway Co. President Makoto Nojima acknowledged Friday that eight more departments, in addition to the Hakodate maintenance office, falsified track inspection data. Appearing before the Lower House Transportation Committee, Nojima apologized for JR Hokkaido’s safety scandal and promised corrective action. The falsified track ...

JR Hokkaido may face criminal charge for falsifications

Nov 13, 2013

JR Hokkaido may face criminal charge for falsifications

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga indicated Wednesday the government may file a criminal complaint against executives and employees of Hokkaido Railway Co. over the carrier’s falsification of maintenance data. “We will deal with the issue appropriately after examining the outcome of an investigation,” Suga ...