A 41-year-old JR Yamanote Line driver was caught using his smartphone while driving a train in Tokyo, JR East said.
A passenger witnessed the driver looking at his smartphone shortly before 1 a.m. on Wednesday while operating the train and reported the case to Nippori station staff, Sankei Shimbun reported.
JR confirmed the incident occurred, revealing that the driver used his phone while driving the train between Tabata and Nippori stations. The driver said he was watching a video game.
JR said the driver, who has over 16 years of experience on the job, has been temporarily suspended from duty. The company is currently considering additional penalties, adding that they will “reinforce employee training” as prevent measures for similar incidents.© Japan Today