More workers are blowing the whistle in Japan

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“A decade ago, corporate whistleblowing was almost unheard of in Japan. A person’s place of employment was part of his identity, and unflinching company loyalty was the highest of virtues. But the unquestioningly obedient salary earner is becoming a relic, the result of a broader transformation of Japan and the global economy.”

“Now, lawyers and economists say Japanese workers are beginning to speak out — despite a still-potent risk of ostracism because of the widely held view that such disclosure constitutes betrayal. “