National Dec 4, 2015

JR West to stop punishing crews for errors to prevent cover-ups

West Japan Railway Co. will ease disciplinary measures for train crews to prevent them from covering up errors, company officials said Friday, in what is the first such attempt in the industry. In the wake of the deadly 2005 derailment near Osaka, the company, commonly ...

Business / Corporate Jan 28, 2014

Panasonic in talks to sell Hyogo plasma factory

Panasonic Corp. is in the final stage of talks with a real estate investment advisory company to sell its plasma display panel factory in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, according to sources. The deal with Center Point Development Inc. would give Panasonic several billion yen in proceeds, ...

National Dec 12, 2013

Woman charged in sex assault on boy, 15

A 43-year-old unemployed woman from Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, has been charged with indecent assault on a 15-year-old boy after confining him in her apartment and ordering six teenagers to abuse him, prosecutors said. Tamae Okino was arrested together with the six boys and girls ranging ...

Editorials Oct 1, 2013

Acquittal of JR West presidents

The acquittal of three ex-presidents of JR West in the 2005 Amagasaki train derailment that killed 107 people does not absolve the corporate culture thought to have led to the accident.