Workplace Conduct–The Rules Behind It

Sexual harassment in America, often regarded as the MeToo Movement, is a looming topic that never ends. Today, four women accused the New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman of abuse, leaving Schneiderman to resign from office. What’s more, a total of ten executives from Nike have resigned. The Swedish Academy will not name a laureate for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature this year after unsettling harassment matters involving the judges. Let’s leave aside Bill Cosby.

Japan also faces a flurry of cases. Finance Minister Taro Aso claimed that there is “no such thing as a sexual harassment charge.” In an online survey of journalists conducted by the Asahi Shimbun, 119 said were at one point harassed, 70% of them did not speak up about it. A female journalist was kissed on the neck and lips by a police officer one night after she went out with him and two other colleagues. When she told her colleagues about it, they couldn’t do anything as he was a valued, resourceful person to their company.

It’s true that the typical employee interacts with and sees their coworkers five days a week, but that doesn’t give them the consent to harass them. Workers in Japan consider one another as a family, as they take part in a variety of activities together, most commonly drinking. Yet it’s paramount to consider that coworkers are merely nothing more than that–coworkers, and to keep in mind the fine line between coworkers and friends, work and play.

To address these issues in the workplace, we’re humbled to host Mr. Satoru Murase, Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, who will be facilitating a lecture at the Business Program for Japanese and American Employees on June 5, 2018. In addition to sexual harassment and proper conduct, the program aims to give employees the proper means in succeeding in the workplace. Other speakers include Ms. Susan J. Onuma, Chair at Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP and the NY Japanese American Association; Mr. Ryota Mitsugi, President & COO of HRM Partners, Inc.; and Mr. Paul Jaffe, Business Consultant at Japan Intercultural Consulting. This program is highly suggested for those who want an in-depth look in the American business world, or network with local companies and organizations. To register, please click here or contact us at info@jcciny.org or by phone at 212-246-8001.

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