As if bereaving families don’t suffer enough without being handed a hefty bill to add to their woes.
Now it is rumoured that Japan Railways (the nation’s largest train operator) doesn’t actually charge the families. It says it does, and the families are asked to go along with the lie, but in reality no money is exchanged. The idea being that burdening their family with a huge debt will be enough to deter some people from taking such drastic action. Or rather cynically you could suggest that it will at least tempt them to jump in front of a train run by another operator. Perhaps the real motivation behind Japan Railway’s supposedly compassionate policy?
But like I said, this is only a rumour. As far as I’m aware, families are handed huge bills, and sadly they are expected to pay. And as the above quote says, this could be as much as 8 million yen. A massive amount of money.