Japanese whistleblower wins damages in high court
The still fledgling protection for whistle-blowers in Japan received a boost by a high court that reversed an earlier decision and rewarded damages to a worker who suffered retaliation through a transfer.
The Tokyo High Court ordered Japanese camera and precision-equipment maker Olympus Corp. Wednesday to pay 2.2 million yen ($29,000) in damages to employee Masaharu Hamada, 50.
Japan is a conformist society that tends to respect the power of companies and demand unquestioning loyalty. A law to protect whistle-blowers was enacted only in 2006.
Critics say it is still inadequate as it does not penalize companies that punish whistle-blowers.