Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Masao Yamazaki: Protest to ‘Not Guilty’ Verdict of Former JR West President

Kobe District Court handed down a not-guilty verdict on Jan. 11 to former JR West president, Masao Yamazaki, who was accused of involuntary manslaughter of 107 passengers by derailing JR Fukuchiyama Line on April 25, 2005. The group to research safety issues (of railways) protests to the verdict, which has concealed every corporate crime by buttering up the government-run businesses. The verdict is drawn based on so many misunderstandings of facts, but the most serious misunderstanding is that the court pardoned JR West because the company was not required to equip the trains with ATS (Automatic Train Stop) at the time of the accident. As the group illustrates from its own investigation, the then-Transportation Ministry required all private railway companies to equip their trains with ATS in 1967. Since then, major private railway companies have completed ATS set-up. (Kurogane Ko, Group to research safety issues)



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