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Human Rights Watch Commentary on the November 19, 2018 draft paper of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for measures to combat violence and harassment

Definition of “Power Harassment” The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s (MHLW) draft of proposals dated November 18, 2018 (the “draft paper”) defines “power harassment” as “1) based on a superior position in a relationship, 2) words or actions that are beyond necessary and appropriate for regular business conduct that 3) harm the work environment (physical or psychological harm).”[1] This definition, however, needs further clarity. There should be a clear understanding that physical abuse and psychological abuse cannot be deemed as appropriate business conduct. Some actions inherently are…

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