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Drivers win toilet battle with Japan train firm

8 August 2011

A Japanese train company is handing over nearly £50,000 in fines to some of its train drivers after forcing them to clean toilets as a punishment.

A court in Osaka ordered compensation to the 61 drivers after a five-year legal battle with the West Japan Railway, according to a report by Japan’s Jiji news agency.

The presiding judge said the controversial practice of "nikkin kyoiku", or "dayshift education", was illegal and infringed on personal rights, the report noted.

Dayshift education, which also included cutting grass and weeding duties at train stations, was handed out for poor punctuality, being late for work and for not aligning the train to a station platform.

The West Japan Railway acted “beyond the company’s discretion”, the court heard.

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