Officials of travel agency JTB's Chubu office in Gifu Prefecture apologized at a news conference on Tuesday over an employee who forgot to make the proper arrangements for buses required for a high school field trip.
The employee wrote a letter to the school pretending to be a student and requesting that the field trip not occur in an effort to cover up for his mistake. He said in the letter that if school officials didn't cancel the trip, he would commit suicide, TBS reported Wednesday.
The trip was canceled after the buses didn't show up on April 25. The JTB employee showed up and apologized for not arranging the buses.
JTB Chubu officials told a news conference that the 30 year-old man working at the Tajimi branch in Gifu Prefecture, was in charge of making arrangements for a total of 11 buses intended to transport students on a school outing. However, the day before the trip, the employee realized that he had completely forgotten to make proper arrangements. Hoping to prevent any of his superiors from finding out about his mistake, the employee wrote the bogus letter to the school pretending to be a student.
JTB officials visited the school on Monday to apologize. The field trip has been rescheduled for next week.
A JTB spokesman said. "The employee believed he could hide his mistake if he could make sure the trip didn't go ahead," TBS reported.
JTB said it will punish the employee responsible.© Japan Today