Abuse of power rampant in Japanese workplaces: Survey

Bullying most likely to manifest as abusive language and intimidation
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/13/2008

Many Japanese workers have complained about superiors abusing their authority to strong-arm subordinates, according to a recent survey.

The survey by the Japan Industrial Counsellors Association found 81 per cent of industrial counsellors, who deal with the psychological welfare of employees, have witnessed or consulted with someone regarding workplace bullying.

The survey asked counsellors to identify the form of bullying, how it manifests and who is perpetrates it. They were given multiple choice answers and were allowed to choose more than one answer per question.