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Japan workplace bullying rules feared to spur necktied menaces

Hitting is banned -- but not if it's 'accidental'

Reports of workplace harassment in Japan attained a new record in fiscal 2018.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Regulations to protect workers in Japan from abusive bosses and colleagues took effect Monday to criticism that the rules only provide a road map to deskbound bullies.

Large companies now must combat so-called power harassment -- which includes such acts as striking an employee with one's bare hands or an object, according to the labor ministry. But an accidental collision does not count.

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