Transport ministry probes Yamato unit on overbilling

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry officials enter a building that houses Yamato Home Convenience Co. for an inspection in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, on Thursday.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry inspected a Yamato Holdings Co. subsidiary on Thursday over the company’s overcharging of fees on moving services for corporate customers.

The ministry is considering the possibility of punishing Yamato Home Convenience Co. under the trucking business law over the fraudulent billing.

The ministry has given the company until the end of this month to report the results of its own investigation into the matter and preventive measures.

Six investigators from the ministry visited the Tokyo head office of Yamato Home. The ministry also plans to inspect the company’s branch in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, on Friday.

The overcharging affected about 48,000 moves, nearly 40 percent of the total, handled over two years and two months from May 2016. The amount of overcharging totaled about ¥1.7 billion.

Yamato Holdings last month said the subsidiary overcharged the customers because it collected fees based on initial estimates, though the amount of goods actually transported was smaller.

But a whistleblower who is a former branch manager said the estimates had been deliberately inflated.Speech

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