On Dec. 7, the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) released the results of its survey of member corporations. According to the poll, 44% of respondents said that the number of employees seeking advice on power harassment issues has increased from five years ago, greatly exceeding the number of respondents who reported a decline (16.3%). This is likely due to the enforcement of the Revised Labor Measures Comprehensive Promotion Act from June 2020, which made it mandatory for corporations to prevent power harassment at workplaces, thus making it easier for employees to report such incidents to their employers.
Regarding sexual harassment, 11.5% of respondents reported an increase from five years ago, lower than those reported a decline (28.8%).
The corporations were asked to identify challenges in preventing and addressing harassment issues (up to three answers permitted). The most frequently given response was “lack of communication” (63.8%), followed by “the generation gap and differences in values” (55.8%),and “lack of understanding (by management)” (45.3%).
The survey was conducted from Sept. 7 to Oct. 15 of all Keidanren member companies. A total of 400 firms (26.9% of the membership) responded to the survey.
Among the 18 corporations that have been most active in preventing workplace harassment, 61.1% reported that power harassment has “increased.” This is a higher percentage than the average for all members. Keidanren Labor Legislation Bureau chief Suzuki Shigeya points out that “companies that are slow to introduce preventive measures may be overlooking power harassment incidents.”