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Japan Post Insurance under fire for charging double premiums

Apparent failure to cancel customers' old policies is latest scandal for insurer

Inside a post office in Tokyo: Japan Post Insurance offers its products through the country's network of post offices.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan Post Insurance has charged thousands of customers double premiums for life insurance, according to recent allegations that could shatter the public's trust in the formerly government-run provider.

Reports broke Monday indicating that some employees failed to cancel old policies for certain customers who signed up for new ones, subjecting them to premiums for two separate insurance policies.

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