3 Ex-JR Hokkaido Officials Not Guilty over Data Falsification

Society

Sapporo, Feb. 6 (Jiji Press)--Sapporo Summary Court on Wednesday found three former senior officials of Hokkaido Railway Co., or JR Hokkaido, not guilty over the falsification of data on track inspections conducted after a freight train derailment in the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido in 2013.

Public prosecutors demanded that the three, including Yoshihito Okushiba, 56, then deputy head of the company's engineering department, pay 200,000 yen to 400,000 yen in fines for violating the railway business law.

Meanwhile, the court in Sapporo, the capital of the prefecture, fined JR Hokkaido one million yen, as soughed by the prosecutors.

In the accident, which occurred on Sept. 19, 2013, a freight train came off a sidetrack at Onuma Station on JR Hokkaido's Hakodate Main Line in the Hokkaido town of Nanae.

In March 2016, a different summary court fined 13 JR Hokkaido workers in charge of track maintenance for manipulating data on track inspections conducted at the derailment site after the accident.

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