Rail worker arrested for disrupting JR Hokkaido train service to get time off


Police on Wednesday arrested a 33-year-old man for disrupting train services by placing wire on the JR Esa line in Hokkaido. It is the latest trouble to befall the rail operator which has been beset by maintenance problems recently.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Akira Kijima, works for a company contracted by JR Hokkaido to do maintenance work. TV Asahi reported that police searched his home on Wednesday and then charged him over an incident on Sept 30 in which wire was placed on the tracks, causing a glitch in traffic signals. The malfunction resulted in several trains being delayed.

Police said Kijima has admitted to the charge. He was quoted by police as saying he thought he could get some time off if train services were disrupted.

Japan Today

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    Ever heard of a "time off request?"

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    You're lucky Akira, you can take a long recess now.

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    How did we get from wire over the tracks to a search of this man's home? That is quite an intermediate step that has just been skimmed over.

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    Let's hope this Clown gets fired, what a Fruit Cake.

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    Plainly asking for time off does not work in a lot of companies. Too bad this guy thought this was the best way to go about it. Bad decision that will land him a very large bill to pay.

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    Hey! Don't be so hard on the guy! If you have ever worked for a Japanese company you know that getting time off is damn near impossible.

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    under paid, over worked, probably acts of desperation

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    works for a company contracted

    aka Yakuza, most likely didn't get his payoff for his bosses and did it on purpose.

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    Mirai Hayashi

    Well it probably work...he'll get some time off...permanently.

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