Hyakujushi Bank Chairman to Resign for Ignoring Harassment

Society Economy

Takamatsu, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--Hyakujushi Bank <8386> Chairman Tomoki Watanabe will step down to take responsibility for failing to stop a client from behaving inappropriately toward a female employee of the regional bank.

Watanabe, 66, will also give up his role as a board member and will become consultant, effective on Thursday, bank officials said.

According to the Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture-based bank, a female employee was subjected to inappropriate behavior by a male client at a dinner hosted by Watanabe in February.

The bank carried out an in-house inquiry in May after finding out about the incident.

In June, it decided to impose pay and bonus cuts on Watanabe and a male executive officer who was also present at the dinner.

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