Legislation to Prevent Power Harassment Enacted in Japan

Economy Politics

Tokyo, May 29 (Jiji Press)--The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted on Wednesday legislation requiring corporations to introduce measures to prevent so-called power harassment.

Amendments to the existing law on workplace regulations were passed by the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet. The House of Representatives, the lower chamber, approved them earlier this year.

The legislation defines workplace harassment as "harming the working environment through verbal or physical behavior that goes beyond the necessity of conducting business and takes advantage of superior positions in a relationship."

It also bans the firing and other unfavorable treatment of those who report cases of harassment.

The new rules will be applied to large companies from next April at the earliest.

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