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Cabinet OKs bills to ban harassment, promote women's advancement

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Under the bills, harassment by those taking advantage of their more senior position at the workplace is specified as a prohibited act. But the legislation does not set punitive measures to be taken against violators.

So what's the point then?

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But the legislation does not set punitive measures to be taken against violators.

Also where I stopped reading.

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At the end of the day. This is what I received from the new bill.

Don't abuse your power or we will tell you that you are abusing your power. Furthermore, nothing will happen to me because of it.

Advance women in your workforce or we will make it public that you are on the list where women are not high enough.

At the end of the day there is no punishment for not following the rule and it doesn't really change anything at all. There is no enforcement of anything and no punishment for non compliance.

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Nice gesture but just empty words.

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It’s a start but there really needs to be definitive punishment as well.

The behaviour we walk past in the workplace is the behaviour we (all) accept.

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Out of Curiosity. Because Abe's initial initiative to get more women in more prominent positions in the Japanese government went in reverse, does that mean that the government will also be on the list?

He did say "all women can succeed." Most of the women he elects are somehow forced to step down because of "scandals."

His most recent reshuffle only saw one woman in a prominent position. If these things are failing at the top, can he really expect companies to suddenly change?

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But the legislation does not set punitive measures to be taken against violators.

so violators face .....nothing?

What a totally waist of time, money and was going to say energy but as the brilliant old men who did this are in their seventies that's the best they can do. It's getting to the point where we are all waiting for them to die, so we can actually begin working towards a better future. It sure ain't going to happen with these muppets.

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"...set numerical goals for promoting women to senior posts. "

Yeah, quotas always work really well.

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So in other words, cabinet OKs bills to suggest people to not harass others at the work place.

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So basically no change to the 1985 & 1986 measures to improve equality in the [Japanese] workplace, which also fell on df ears.

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Can we have the opposite please too.

As a "Man" I've been subjected to a "Woman" whose been on a self-gratification power-trip from day 1, enjoying public humiliation and indeed making things up "infactually", as she goes along. Given these new rules, its hard to decide when arguing back could be construed as sexism and thus end up as double whammy manipulated by her.

I sometimes really dislike such people -not because of their gender or sexual bias, but because they can use both as an excuse to threaten me and at the same time achieve their own self gratifying power trip ego thrill.

Something is really wrong with the way things are being implemented these days.

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I think most companies would be okay with being on the list if the government is also on the list. Because if the government, that holds a direct responsibility to its people, is failing then it means that the current dynamics cannot be helped and they probably will not be in a rush to change things. These changes also need to happen from the top and trickle down to the bottom.

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1...harassment by those taking advantage of their more senior position at the workplace is specified as a prohibited act. But the legislation does not set punitive measures to be taken against violators.

2...many companies said it is difficult to distinguish between harassment and coaching by bosses.

More legislation without teeth. With no punitive measures there is no enforcement possible. Like farting on a train, everyone knows it's inappropriate but people still do will continue to do it.

This reads like the punchline of a dark joke. The legacy of a hierarchical shaming culture which refuses to move forward to more egalitarian ideals.
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change should come organically from society and the market

...which are both in a chokehold by old men. No penalties, no progress here unfortunately but you go ahead and hold your breath.

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*deaf

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“I wasn’t harassing her, I was coaching her”.

a laughable defence but one that apparently valid in Japan.

This article is a reminder that despite the apparent modernity of Japan, it is superficial. In reality it is still a relatively backwards country.

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Correction: still do and will continue to...

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So what's the point then?

It appears that Big Brother plans to shame companies into compliance.

The government will make public the names of companies defying the rule.

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It appears that Big Brother plans to shame companies into compliance.

Speaking of Big Brother, how will compliance be enforced? By "Kempetai Thought Police"?

Can we have the opposite please too

mmwkdw: You raise very valid points. Unfortunately thanks to the world of political correct double standards these compliance rules applies to men, but not to women. And when women breaks the rules, HR looks the other way and pretends it never happened. Instead it's the man's fault.

But women are just as prone to harassment and abuse of power.

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Affirmative action. Great. (rolls eyes))

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And where I to suggest that she was sleeping with the Boss, (knowingly or otherwise), then that would lead to further repercussions against me.

It would be interesting to see statistically the number of marriages of Work related colleagues, vs Non-Work related over time in order to assess this issue... I know from personal experience of at least a couple of cases - of which only one was... problematic, personally as I was "used", at that time. So I speak with authoritative knowledge upon the situation.

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Good to see pragmatic law and no silly punitive measures for these bills. Only stifling nanny states would impose punitive measures on something like this, change should come organically from society and the market. Good news all round!

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change should come organically from society and the market.

Report to planet Uranus, for decades there has been no organic change in this area due to sexism and laws that hold woman back from professional careers. When you come to planet Earth and country Japan please observe the local situation. Maybe where you are from things are different, in Uranus.

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