Case Advances Against Dentsu, Branch Execs for Illegal Overtime (News)


Tokyo, April 25 (Jiji Press)—Japanese labor authorities on Tuesday sent prosecutors papers on leading advertising agency Dentsu Inc. and executives of three regional branches for allegedly forcing some employees at the branches to work illegally long hours. By forwarding the evidence gathered in investigations to date, the authorities have prepared prosecutors to file formal charges against the company.

The three branches suspected of violating the labor standards law are the Osaka and Kyoto branches, both in western Japan, and the Nagoya branch in the central region.

The authorities, including the Labor Ministry's Osaka Labor Bureau, believe that the executives of the branches forced junior workers to work longer hours than the limit set under a labor-management agreement.

The development marks the conclusion of investigations into Dentsu triggered by the death of Takahashi Matsuri, a new employee who committed suicide due to overwork.

Her death led the ministry's Tokyo Labor Bureau to send papers on Dentsu and  one of Takahashi's superiors in December last year.

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