Japan’s government has introduced legislation to eliminate harassment at work. Photo: Bloomberg

In Japan, workplace bullying and harassment are driving women to seek mental health treatment

  • A study found that a third of women seeking treatment for mental illness blamed sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power by superiors
  • Japan is introducing new legislation on this, but progress has been slow because of a lack of understanding of human rights in Japan, says a researcher
Topic |   Japan

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Japan’s government has introduced legislation to eliminate harassment at work. Photo: Bloomberg
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.