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.