Nineteen employees of Tokyo Metro Co are facing disciplinary action after they colluded to falsify mandatory alcohol tests.
NTV reported Monday that Tokyo Metro officials received an anonymous tip from an employee that nine deputy station masters had pressured junior employees to take the blood alcohol tests in their stead.
According to Tokyo Metro, the nine, whose duties were to monitor train drivers and conductors, said they were worried they would be fired for having alcohol in their system, NTV reported.
Tokyo Metro said the stand-ins took the tests between May 2013 and October this year.
The subway operator has submitted a formal apology to the transport ministry for the actions of its employees and assured that it would work to make sure such behavior would not go unnoticed again.
The 19 employees have received reprimands and demotions.© Japan Today