Editorials Feb 19, 2014

No way to run a railway

Hokkaido police have begun an investigation of JR Hokkaido on suspicion that its workers fabricated track maintenance data after a freight train derailed in the Hakodate line's Onuma Station compound last Sept. 19.

Police gear up to search JR Hokkaido

National Feb 12, 2014

Police gear up to search JR Hokkaido

Police were set to search the head office of Hokkaido Railway Co. on Wednesday over the railway operator's alleged falsifications of maintenance data, investigative sources said. The search, also targeting four other locations, including JR Hokkaido's maintenance offices in Onuma and Hakodate, follows a criminal ...

National Feb 10, 2014

JR Hokkaido faces criminal probe over data falsifications

The transport ministry filed a criminal complaint Monday against Hokkaido Railway Co. over alleged falsifications of maintenance data, prompting the police to open a criminal investigation into the matter. The move by the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry marks the first criminal case brought ...

National Jan 21, 2014

JR Hokkaido punishes 75 employees over track data falsification

Hokkaido Railway Co. on Tuesday announced punitive measures for 75 employees over the failure to fix track defects and falsification of track maintenance data. The punishment, which includes three-month pay cuts for JR Hokkaido's chairman and president as well as dismissal of five employees, came ...

JR Hokkaido may face criminal charge for falsifications

National Nov 13, 2013

JR Hokkaido may face criminal charge for falsifications

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga indicated Wednesday the government may file a criminal complaint against executives and employees of Hokkaido Railway Co. over the carrier's falsification of maintenance data. "We will deal with the issue appropriately after examining the outcome of an investigation," Suga told ...

National Nov 12, 2013

Discrepancies in JR Hokkaido's rail inspections

Rail spacing data from track inspections conducted by Hokkaido Railway Co. and reported to its headquarters doesn't match all of the data in the divisions that originally conducted the checks, according to transport ministry sources. Speaking to reporters after a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, transport minister ...

JR Hokkaido overlooked shut brake

National Oct 8, 2013

JR Hokkaido overlooked shut brake

In another revelation of safety lapses, Hokkaido Railway Co. says it operated a diesel-powered train for several runs on the Okhotsk express service between Sapporo and Abashiri with an onboard automatic brake effectively disabled. JR Hokkaido said Monday that a valve cock that should have ...

Editorials Sep 28, 2013

Where's the sense of duty?

Amid reports of track repairs left untended for up to a year, one wonders whether employees of JR Hokkaido have a clear sense of duty to protect the lives of passengers.