WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department has raised the issue of persistent sexual harassment in the workplace in Japan in its annual human rights report, released Wednesday.
The U.S. report cited a first-of-its-kind survey conducted in 2016 by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry saying that 30 percent of women in full- and part-time jobs in the country complained of “being sexually harassed at work.” The figure stood at 35 percent among full-time workers, it added.
The U.S. report also noted the April 2018 resignation of Japan’s vice finance minister over claims he sexually harassed a female journalist.
The Japanese government has since released a set of preventive measures, including requiring all central government officials to take mandatory training courses, the report pointed out.
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