David Blecken
Oct 6, 2017

Dentsu fined for failing to curb illegal overtime

The ruling brings to a close an open trial for labour practice violations following the suicide of an employee.

Dentsu's Tokyo headquarters seen from the Hamarikyu Garden

The Tokyo Summary Court has fined Dentsu 500,000 yen US$4420 for violating the labour standards law in the final ruling of an open trial into the company’s role in the suicide of an employee in 2015.

While the financial penalty is small, the ruling acknowledges that Dentsu's unregulated working conditions contributed to the death of Matsuri Takahashi. The recent graduate killed herself on 25 December 2015 after experiencing workplace bullying and being forced...

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