David Blecken
Dec 30, 2016

A look back at one of Dentsu’s most difficult years

As 2016 draws to a close, Dentsu’s overwork scandal has come to a head, with president and CEO Tadashi Ishii announcing that he will step down in January. Here's a concise account of the events that led to this point.

Tadashi Ishii

The move, which some industry observers foresaw, can be seen as a gesture of acceptance of responsibility for the December 2015 suicide of an overburdened young employee. Ishii led the company for nearly six years. One of Japan’s most powerful and influential entities, Dentsu now faces an unprecedented challenge in restoring its reputation. Here’s how the issue took shape.

December 2015 Matsuri Takahashi, a recent graduate of Tokyo University, commits suicide after complaining to family...

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