New data released by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare this week has revealed that around 25% of workers in Japan suffer “power harassment” at their workplace.
The survey also revealed that a large proportion of workers who believe they are the victims of such harassment are unlikely to report the problem or seek guidance.
The ministry conducted the survey of 4,580 companies with 30 or more employees during the summer, TV Asahi reported. About 25.3% responded that they had been harassed by a superior at work over the last three years, with 45.2% of those saying they had been victimized more than once during that period. However, 46.7% of those individuals decided not to take action in response to the perceived abuse of power.
The ministry concluded that a large number of workers were unable to talk about the harassment or seek a solution. A ministry spokesperson suggested some of the perceived cases of harassment may have been reported by employees who confused mild rebukes and warnings from bosses with actual bullying.
The ministry also said that it is possible employees were afraid of repercussions when it came time for their job performance evaluations.