The Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) has revealed that eight of its shinkansen drivers used cell phones for matters unrelated to work while on duty in the last year.
JR Central said that it came by the information after it questioned its drivers, around 740 in number, about their cell phone use, TBS reported Saturday. The survey followed an incident in which one of its drivers, a 38-year-old man who was training a new recruit on a bullet train from Kakegawa to Hamamatsu, accidentally emailed his supervisor from his work cell phone while trying to send a message to another driver on Aug 10.
JR said the survey revealed that eight of its drivers confessed to using their phones for non-work-related emails and phone calls while on duty. The company said the eight respondents have all been transferred to other duties and are no longer driving its bullet trains.
However, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Tourism and Transport's Chubu Transport Bureau said Friday it has issued a warning to JR Central, in which it requested measures be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.© Japan Today