Updated: 05/01/2014 17:42 | By Agence France-Presse

Japan travel agent forgets booking, forges suicide note

A Japanese travel agent who forgot to book a fleet of buses for a school trip tried to cover his tracks by forging a student's suicide note in a failed bid to get the excursion cancelled.


Japan travel agent forgets booking, forges suicide note

Japanese pedestrians cross a road in front of the Shibuya station in Tokyo, on June 21, 2011 - by Yoshikazu Tsuno

Regulators from the Japan Tourism Agency raided the offices of JTB Corp, the country's biggest travel agency, after a 30-year-old employee failed to order 11 buses for a high school in central Japan for its trip scheduled for April 25.

The man noticed his mistake on the day before the students were due to depart, but instead of owning up to his error, he hatched a wild-eyed plan to get himself off the hook.

The man, who has not been identified, drafted a note in the style of a student threatening to commit suicide unless the trip was cancelled.

He then handed the note to the school's principal, saying he had found it nearby.

After questioning all of its more than 300 students, the school decided to go ahead with the trip as planned, only to find the next morning that they had no transport.

JTB has promised to conduct a detailed internal review and said it will punish the employee.

The school has rearranged its trip for a future date, with a different agency.

Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn

NEWS VIDEOS

MORE NEWS VIDEOS

facebook recommendations

LIVE NEWS RADIO STREAMING

  • 938 Live

    938LIVE is Singapore's only English news and talk station which transmits round the clock with an engaging and enticing spread of programmes on current affairs, health, business and lifestyle as well as news every half hour until midnight.

  • Capital 958


    95.8FM城市频道的前身是"第三广播网"。上个世纪30年代末,新加坡就有中文广播,一路走来经过不少政治,社会局势的改变,中文广播在本地一直扮演举足轻重的角色。