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Fare cop: Hitachi Systems worker suspected of train ticket scamming for years

The Osaka Prefectural Police headquarters is seen in this file photo. (Mainichi/Tsuyoshi Fujita)

OSAKA -- An employee of Hitachi Systems, Ltd. has had his papers sent to the Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office on suspicion of contravening the Railway Business Act by dodging train fares on his commute, Osaka Prefectural Police announced on Dec. 9.

The 51-year-old man, a resident of Nara, the capital of the western Japan prefecture with the same name, is reported to have admitted to the accusations, saying, "I avoided paying for my commute for four years," and, "I wanted more disposable income."

In papers sent to prosecutors, the man is accused of traveling without paying the correct 710-yen fare on a route from JR Koriyama Station in Nara Prefecture to close to his work at JR Kitashinchi Station, located in Osaka's Kita Ward, on the morning of July 23.

According to Tenma Police Station, the man purchased a platform ticket costing 120 yen and then boarded the train. When he left at the other end, he would walk up close behind another person in front of him to slip out from the ticket barriers.

He reportedly started the practice around four years earlier, and based on calculations of train pass costs, is estimated to have saved around 800,000 yen (about 7,364 U.S. dollars).

(Japanese original by Yuma Hori, Osaka City News Department)

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