Tag - whistleblowers



An employee at Otsuka Foods has filed a damages suit against the company with the Otsu District Court in Shiga Prefecture.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 14, 2024
Otsuka Foods whistleblower sues company for work-related depression
The man has claimed he suffered from depression after being reassigned and given little work following a report over the company's alleged wrongdoing.
The official whistleblower protection system is not well-known among workers in Japan, a survey finds.
May 14, 2024
Less than 40% of Japan's employees know about whistleblower protection system
The survey showed a tendency for larger companies to have more employees familiar with the system.
Lukasz Krupski, a service technician for Tesla in Norway who says he was fired after expressing safety concerns, in Drammen, Norway, on Nov. 6
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 15, 2023
Man vs. Musk: A whistleblower creates headaches for Tesla
An employee who was fired after expressing safety concerns leaked personnel records and sensitive data about driver-assistance software.
"Football Leaks" whistleblower Rui Pinto had been extradited to Portugal following his January 2019 arrest by Hungarian police in Budapest.
Sep 12, 2023
Portuguese court convicts 'Football Leaks' hacker
The biggest information leak in sports history sparked criminal investigations in Belgium, Britain, France, Spain and Switzerland.
Japan Times
Jul 2, 2023
Without whistleblowers, the West is lost
The biggest threat to Western democracies is not transparency, it is the nihilism and self-indulgence that have come to characterize politics.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 8, 2022
How corporate chiefs dodge lawsuits over sexual abuse and deadly products
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction landed him in prison. Allegations of serial sexual abuse cost him his career and his movie studio. His company went bankrupt and later settled legal claims by about 50 women.
Japan Times
Dec 3, 2021
Enron's cast of characters: Where they are 20 years after the fall
Here's a look at some of the prominent players in the scandal — both fallen executives and those who investigated them — and where they are now.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 30, 2021
Fear and reprisals: How Nissan crushed its Ghosn probe whistleblower
The firm's former top lawyer says he endured retaliation, demotions and surveillance of his family after questioning the integrity of the investigation.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Sep 28, 2020
Beijing unveils protections for health emergency whistleblowers
China's capital Beijing will protect whistleblowers who disclose information about public health emergencies, it said on Sunday, part of the country's efforts to fix some of the systemic faults that hindered its initial response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Japan Times
Jun 3, 2019
Hacking dirty government secrets is no crime
The 'crime' of which Julian Assange stands accused pales next to the wrongdoing he helped to expose. Whistleblowers should never be prosecuted.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Apr 17, 2019
Examining Carlos Ghosn and Japan's system of 'hostage justice'
As the Carlos Ghosn saga continues to unfold, domestic and international attention continues to mount on what many are calling a "hostage justice" system.
Jan 8, 2019
Give teeth to the law protecting whistleblowers
The whistleblower protection law can't serve its purpose unless it features penalties for employers that seek to punish employees who report wrongdoing.
Japan Times
Dec 26, 2018
Japanese panel proposes measures to strengthen protection of whistleblowers
A government panel in a report released Wednesday proposed measures to strengthen protection for whistleblowers from retaliatory actions by companies.
Japan Times
Nov 21, 2018
Olympus lawyer blasts firm for failure to change corporate culture seven years after scandal
Seven years after corporate Japan was turned on its head when Olympus Corp. became the subject of a massive accounting scandal, a member of the company's legal team believes nothing has changed — and things may have actually gotten worse.
Nov 27, 2016
Better whistleblower protection
The law on whistleblowers lacks the teeth to protect employees who reveal wrongdoings, a situation that needs correcting.
Mar 21, 2016
Whistleblower law needs teeth
If the whistleblower law is to truly be effective, it must include penalties for violations.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 24, 2015
Toshiba case points to whistleblower law's shortcomings
One of the more intriguing questions stemming from the Toshiba accounting scandal is this: Where was the whistleblower?
Japan Times
Dec 20, 2014
Activist challenges secrets law with anonymous whistle-blower website
A Japanese Internet activist and academic is challenging the recently enacted state secrets law by setting up a website aimed at making it easier for government officials to leak sensitive information to the media without getting caught.
Jul 9, 2013
Leaks play a critical role in health of democracies
How can a democracy determine whether there should be government surveillance of the kind that the NSA is conducting if it has no idea that such programs exist


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