A Japanese travel agent forgot to book a fleet of buses for a school trip, and then tried to cover up his mistake by trying to get the school to cancel the field trip – by creating a fake suicide note. It probably was defensive reflex to cover up his mistake, but the man in question has now also created more trouble for himself forging the suicide note, as he is now being investigated.
Regulators from the Japan Tourism Agency raided the offices of JTB Corp., the office of the said employee, after he had failed to order 11 buses for a high school field trip in central Japan on April 25. It appears that the 30-year-old employee discovered his gaffe the day before the trip, but by then it was too late to re-route a fleet of 11 buses. Instead of owning up to his mistake though, that man concocted a wild plan to presumably get himself out of trouble – he wrote a suicide note and showed it to the school. He made it so that it looked like it was written by one of the students, saying that the they would commit suicide if the trip pushed through. Unfortunately for him, the school – after a lot of interviews with kids – decided to push through with the trip, thereby revealing the lack of buses and the booking mistake of the said employee.
JTB, one of Japan’s biggest tourist and travel agencies, has promised to conduct a detailed internal investigation, and also said that the employee responsible for this lame attempt will be punished. The school itself has re-scheduled the trip to a future date, but with a different travel agency. It would not be a surprise if JTB dealt severely with the employee, because of the outcome of the situation and the subsequent bad press that the company will be getting.