OSAKA (Kyodo) A railway expert said Friday that West Japan Railway Co. prepared a draft manuscript for his use when he and three others were asked by the carrier to offer their opinions at a February 2007 public hearing looking into the cause of the 2005 fatal train clash in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture.

Michio Itaba, 88, a former official of the now-privatized Japanese National Railways, said JR West prepared all the necessary documents for him to apply to take the witness stand.

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