• Kyodo News


The government hopes to form a team this month made up of next of kin and survivors of the fatal 2005 Amagasaki train derailment together with outside experts to verify the credibility of a leaked report on the accident, transport minister Seiji Maehara said Friday.

The move follows the recent revelation that West Japan Railway Co. officials approached a governmental railway accident investigation panel and obtained a draft report in advance on the cause of the derailment, causing doubts about the report’s neutrality and credibility.

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