Hokkaido Univ. President Accused of Harassment

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Sapporo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--Hokkaido University President Toyoharu Nawa has been accused of so-called power harassment of the university staff, it was learned Tuesday.

The university in Sapporo, the capital of the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, is conducting an internal investigation, while the 65-year-old president is claiming his innocence.

Power harassment in the workplace includes abuse of authority, unwarranted acts or comments directed against others and infliction of emotional distress, according to the labor ministry.

The university set up an investigative panel after receiving a report of harassment by Nawa in November last year. It has conducted hearings on people concerned.

Last week, a local newspaper and other media reported that the panel had confirmed his workplace bullying and decided to ask the education minister to remove the president.

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