The Feb. 19 story “Olympus settles with whistleblower for second time,” points out what a terrible disincentive it is to be a whistleblower in Japan. Masaharu Hamada pointed out a great injustice. His employer and Japan, Inc. turned against him, making his life miserable for eight years. Then he wins in court. But what does he win? He was awarded ¥11 million. His lawyers and the court system probably took more than half of that amount.
It doesn’t pay to try to make a better company and a better Japan. Yet maybe Mr. Hamada will be a legend years from now as this social and international outrage is remembered.
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