• Kyodo


A postmaster in Hyogo Prefecture forged postal life insurance contracts for 245 local residents in January to improve his post office’s record of signed contracts, officials of the Posts and Telecommunications Ministry said Sunday.

Iwao Tanaka, 60, head of the Inagawa Post Office, obtained a list of employees of a private hospital in the town in early January and instructed two deputy postmasters to make up contracts in the names of 245 hospital workers, officials at the Kinki Regional Bureau of Postal Services said.

Tanaka himself paid some 600,000 yen for the first batch of premiums in late January, they said. He told officials he was trying to reach the target for life insurance contracts set for his post office.

The forgery came to light after the hospital employees received letters April 10 from the postal insurance administration office thanking them for taking out insurance.

Tanaka allegedly told the regional postal services bureau he did not know such letters would be delivered “I was desperate to secure certain results” in the fiscal year that ended March 31, Tanaka was quoted by the bureau as saying.

The bureau reported the incident to the Kinki Regional Bureau of Postal Inspection to consider how to punish those involved.