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Crime or Punishment: Brakeless Accidents without Compliance and Governance

  • Shigeo Atsuji
Part of the Translational Systems Sciences book series (TSS)


This chapter [1] examines a case study of the JR (Japan Railways) West Accident (Photograph 4.1), the worst railway accident [2] in Japanese history. The purpose of this research is to prevent similar accidents by focusing on ‘organizational learning disabilities’ [3]. Firstly, a review of a summary of the JR accident is carried out. Secondly, the irrational behavior of the driver involved, which originated in the JR West Company’s personnel re-education system, the so-called Nikkin Kyōiku (hereafter the ‘Nikkin System’) is reviewed. Thirdly, the interference with organizational learning bounded by ‘structural inertia’ is examined, and finally the ‘organizational accident’ in relation to the learning disability based on a ‘brakeless society’ is reviewed. This research is concerned with the concept of a ‘brakeless organization’ without social corporate governance and compliance.


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  • Shigeo Atsuji
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  1. 1.Kansai UniversityTakatsukiJapan

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