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OSAKA (Kyodo) West Japan Railway Co. plans next month to replace a board member and three executives at affiliates in response to complaints from the families of people killed in the Amagasaki train crash, sources said Friday.

Initially, the three executives resigned their posts at JR West to take responsibility for the derailment in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, in April 2005 that killed 107 people. But they were later given executive jobs at affiliates of the railway.

Takeshi Kakiuchi, 63, stepped down as president last year but has stayed on the board to deal with the accident victims.

Kakiuchi will leave the board and serve as an adviser in charge of accident victims, while one of the three executives will do the same job as a nonregular employee, they said.

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