TOKYO — Regulations to protect workers in Japan from abusive bosses and colleagues took effect Monday to criticism that it only provides a road map to desk-bound bullies.
Large companies now must combat so-called power harassment — which includes such acts as striking an employee with one’s bare hands or an object, according to the labor ministry. But an accidental collision does not count.
Critics say the overprecise cases provided by the ministry will only allow abusive colleagues at the office to evade responsibility by basing their defenses on the counterexamples, eroding the effectiveness of the regulations.
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