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One in three company employees say they have suffered power harassment, MHLW poll

  • May 20, 2017
  • , Asahi , p. 7
  • JMH Translation

One in three company employees say they have experienced power harassment at the workplace in the past three years. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) reported this poll finding at a May 19 experts meeting on preventing power harassment.


The survey was conducted via the Internet in July 2016 targeting men and women age 20 through 64 who work at companies nationwide. Responses were received from 10,000 persons. Some 32.5% of respondents said they “had been the target of power harassment in the past three years,” up 7.2 percentage points from the previous survey conducted in July 2012. By age bracket, some 34.1% of those in their thirties (up 6.9 points) and 33.1% of those in their twenties (up 9.8 points) said they had suffered harassment. Across all age groups, the figure exceeded 30%, up more than 5 points from the previous poll.


Asked about the type of power harassment they had experienced (multiple responses permitted), some 54.9% said “psychological attacks,” including abusive language, intimidation, and insults, making that the most frequent response. Some 29.9% said “excessive demands,” including being required to perform unnecessary work and impossible tasks, and 24.8% saying being ignored or ostracized.


The MHLW person in charge of the survey said, “The number of people reporting power harassment has likely risen because of the increasing recognition [throughout society] of power harassment.”


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