power harassment

Giri obligation chocolates seen as power harassment, more Japanese companies ban practice

Survey results indicate that Japan’s Valentine’s Day custom of giri choco may soon become a thing of the past. 

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One in four surveyed Japanese workers admits to wanting to kill boss, Osaka quake helps show why

The results of a recent survey come with Twitter horror stories about power-hungry superiors pushing their staff around, even mid-crisis.

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Kumamoto Police sergeant reprimanded for making officers eat spicy instant noodles

Sergeant claims he was trying to “guide” his officers through hot noodles.

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Inside the mind of a Japanese manager accused of “power harassment”

Power harassment is a relatively newly defined but widespread form of workplace harassment in Japan where people abuse their rank by demeaning their subordinates. But why do people do it?

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Rowr! This anti-power harassment poster is too sexy for its own good

If there’s anything Fifty Shades of Grey has taught us, it’s that SM isn’t quite as underground as some might think. Of course, it’s also showed us what bad writing looks like, but mostly it’s the SM thing. Whether this mainstreaming of SM will prove to be a fad like Kabalah in Hollywood, or a long-term change, is still unclear, but there’s no doubting that a lot more people have come to appreciate a bit of domination in their lives.

Of course, just because you like domination in your personal life doesn’t mean you necessarily want it from your boss, Secretary and Be My Slave notwithstanding. In fact, “power harassment” has become a bit of a hot topic in Japan, along with sexual harassment. It’s gotten enough attention to warrant a public education campaign, complete with posters for the workplace. One poster in particular has been getting a lot of attention on Twitter…though not exactly for the reason you might expect.
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‘Power harrassment’ in Japan’s police force blamed for officer’s suicide

An investigation into the suicide of a police officer in a Tokyo police station has found that harassment from a superior contributed to his death. While the chief is now facing disciplinary action, it has again highlighted the problem of abuses of authority in Japanese workplaces, also known as ‘power harassment’, or pawahara in Japanese.

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