Tokyo, June 8 (Jiji Press)–The House of Councillors, the upper chamber of Japan’s parliament, on Monday enacted a revision to a law in order to enhance the protection of internal whistleblowers.
It is the first time for the whistleblower protection law to be revised since its establishment in 2004.
Under the revised law, businesses with over 300 employees will be obliged to set up a point of contact for internal whistleblowers. Smaller businesses will be required to work toward that target.
Anyone involved in an in-house probe would face criminal penalties if they leak information that can be used to identify a whistleblower.
The revised law will extend the protection to executives and former employees who quit a company within the previous year. Also, whistleblowers will be exempted from liabilities for damages resulting from their provision of information.