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The world’s largest advertising agency, Dentsu Inc., has been ruled negligent in failing to prevent the suicide in 1991 of an employee who had worked excessive hours, despite seeing signs he needed rest, the Tokyo High Court said Sept. 26 in upholding a lower court ruling.

The high court, however, also ruled that the parents of Ichiro Oshima bore some responsibility for his lifestyle, and slashed the 120 million yen award given to them by the Tokyo District Court in March 1996 to 89 million yen. Oshima had some means to govern how long he worked, and his parents, with whom he was living, did not try to correct the situation, the court said.

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