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Train driver posthumously awarded ¥56 in docked wages for 1-minute delay


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JR West originally deducted 85 yen from the man's wages for the two-minute delay claiming he did not perform any labor during that time but reduced it to one minute following advice from the Okayama labor standards inspection office.

Even the actions of the Okayama Labor Standards Inspection Office were unjustified!

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How any company has so much power over our lives is beyond me. I think this train driver should have received the 2.2 million yen for the abuse that the train company caused.

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posthumously return 56 yen it had deducted from the pay of one of its train drivers over a one-minute delay in 2020.While the Okayama District Court ruled that the pay cut by the Okayama branch of JR West was unjustified, it dismissed the man's additional claim for 2.2 million yen in compensation for emotional distress.

Talk about a posthumous slap in the face.

Japan Inc. can get away with heinous extremes of abuse because the courts treat them with kid gloves.

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Well said.

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This is Japan, steal millions, billions, and no legal comeback but ¥85 and it’s a really expensive legal drawn out affair. Well he was a worker not an executive so no surprise there. If a manager is late by 2 minutes to a meeting are they deprived of that 2 minutes worth of salary?

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Reminds me of the days when I was forced to use my annual PTO for coming in to work seconds, not even a minute, later. Japan really cares about the important things.

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What a crummy company to work for.

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Horrible company

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Is this a joke? 56 yen? The guy should have settled out of court. Probably would have gotten more than 100 yen.

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Knowing Japan, it is entirely possible and the likely case that JR West offered 56 yen to settle.

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They are talking as though the man died!!!

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Wait, he is already dead?

No wonder the company didn't want to appeal the ruling.

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What a crummy company to work for.

never ever work in a japanese company with hardly any foreigners (not even as a translator), the experience will open your eyes in a bad way

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I wonder how much the court costs were? Only winners here are the lawyers, as usual.

Another glaring example of Japanese workplace inflexibility. I also wonder if the stupidity of the employer exacerbated the employee's illness.

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I also wonder if the stupidity of the employer exacerbated the employee's illness.

Employer stupidity is a globally infinite and renewable resource.

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Its scary if train drivers don’t know what platform they should be on.

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What a bizarre and tragic story.

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A whole ¥ 56 ?

I hope it was worth his time - no pun intended.

Speaking of being on time its always interesting to see Japanese read a 12 hour clock in 24 hour format.

13 o'clock doesn't exist on a 12hour clock.

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It’s just only an extremely expensive nuisance to all. Posthumously means he won’t even see any of the ¥56, but it means the costs for trial , lawyers, several papers to be printed, working time costs at court, press or media, all subservices, and for the new wages and tax and social security insurance calculations , and also energy and transportation costs for all the involved trial staff and guests, and so on and on, that all will mount to quite a big significant sum, that surely has already exceeded any reasonable limits for that whole stupid case, I guess when considering every of the real and hidden costs it even exceeds those ¥2.2 mio. a multiple times.

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What a joke! That's how the typical worker at these places get treated and the judges let the companies get away with nothing more than a light tap on the wrist. No change coming anytime soon.

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Kyo wa heiwa dayo neToday  11:41 am JST

13 o'clock doesn't exist on a 12hour clock.

Yes it does. its called military time. Although I will never understand why Japan has 24 o clock.back on topic. Was it worth his time? Well it was obviously worth the companies time, and I wonder how much they've pinched from ALL the WORKERS over the years. its only 54 yen to one man but could be millions to a company. Bullying Japanese companies

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This is so so sad! I tell people in the west. Only people who work for companies governed by non Japanese people are happy workers in this country. Everyone else is in some state of mental breakdown. The work culture here is so sick. I walk the streets here feeling sorry for the people, especially when I see them in the traditional black suit, white shirt. This is one thing I hope would change about Japan in the next century (can't say decade, because that's too soon for them)

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posthumously awarded ¥56

gee.......I sure hope JR doesn't go bankrupt over this........

And I'm REALLY SURE that "the driver," who's name I guess wasn't very important, I'm sure his family will see the amount in full. WINK WINK.

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Bob -

Thats a 24 hour clock !

There's no 13 on a 12 hour clock !

Military time has seconds and milliseconds .

Besides i wasn't talking about Military anyway was i.

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Bob -

Google military time and educate yourself.

Its a 24 hour clock.

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JR West revised in March a practice in which mistakes resulting in train delays would be treated as time not worked by the employee at fault but said it had been planning to make the revision even before the lawsuit.

People make mistakes. Employees will stress about making that mistake and take extra effort to fix it, if they are good employees.

That extra effort should be paid, hence negating the cost of the mistake.

Non-sense, no common sense Japanese rule again...

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They'll forward his family the ¥56 yen, but they'll have to pay the ¥450 yen transfer fee.

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I thought this sort of nonsense was stopped after the Fukuchiyama line accident in '95

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Sad story, the court should have awarded damages to "send a message."

I wonder how much train drivers make per hour?

Deducting ¥85 for 2 minutes lost work would be about ¥2500/h. But then they paid ¥56 for 1 minute which would be about ¥3300/h... so which is it?

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Wondering how can the judge sleep at night?

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Far too little far far too late.

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Kyo wa heiwa dayo neToday  02:44 pm JST

Bob -

Google military time and educate yourself.

Its a 24 hour clock.

It may be a surprise to you, but the military don't even use 24,00 as a time It's actually 00:00.

PS. I was in the military so no need to google. Used it for years.Experience counts. No you weren't talking about military but you did mentions 24 hours.

Every clock has seconds. and we didn't need to be that accurate unless we work for JR shinkansen.

Only time will tell, but its really not that important. Im just glad he won.

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JR West docking wages of their drivers over a 1 minute delay...

One would've hoped that JR West would've learnt after the Amagasaki derailment in 2005 that killed 107 people. But evidently not. JR West management would still rather heap senseless pressure onto their train drivers and run the risk of human error escalating a minor matter into something deadly.

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