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Three decades after Hiroaki Kushioka exposed a price-fixing cartel involving his employer in the trucking industry, the government is working on what would become Japan’s first-ever law to protect whistle-blowers in private-sector firms and government organizations.

In 1974, Kushioka revealed the malpractice at Tonami Transportation Co. to the media and then to authorities, prompting the then Transport Ministry to urge the industry a year later to take corrective action.

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