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The nation’s largest consumer finance company, Takefuji Corp., faced renewed litigation over unpaid overtime wages as five former employees filed a lawsuit Friday seeking some 130 million yen in unpaid overtime and compensation.

The suit was filed with the Osaka District Court. It follows two other suits over unpaid overtime wages. The lawyer for the five said similar suits would also be filed with district courts in Sendai, Tokyo and Fukuoka by 19 other plaintiffs.

The five in Osaka are in their 20s and 30s and had to log four to five hours of overtime work per day on weekdays and work many holidays, but they were only able to receive six to 25 hours of overtime pay a month, their lawyer said.

Of the five, two are also seeking compensation for psychological suffering because they were verbally abused by their boss when they could not meet workload targets, according to the lawyer.

Takefuji, based in Tokyo, has been slapped with other suits over unpaid overtime wages. Ten filed a suit with the Tokyo District Court and two others with the Osaka District Court.

Takefuji settled the earlier Osaka suit in February and pledged to investigate unpaid overtime at all its offices nationwide.

The company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s first section.

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