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The operator of a tour bus involved in a fatal accident on an expressway employed the driver on a day-by-day basis in violation of the road transport law and committed other operational breaches, a special transport ministry audit and details provided by the carrier’s president indicate.

Although the law bans short-term employment of bus drivers for safety reasons, the operator, Rikuentai, based in Chiba Prefecture, gave one-off jobs to Kazan Kono, 43, its president, Yumihide Hariu, 55, told the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, ministry officials said.

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