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Japan's Dentsu gets token $4,400 fine for excessive overtime

Employee's suicide puts focus on light penalties for labor violations

Yukimi Takahashi, the mother of former Dentsu employee Matsuri Takahashi, speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Oct. 6. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO A year after a mother spoke out about her daughter's suicide following overwork at advertising agency Dentsu, a Tokyo court has fined the company 500,000 yen ($4,438).

Unlike most labor violation cases in Japan, this case went to a full trial, with the Tokyo Summary Court reaching its decision on Oct. 6. The token punishment, however, is likely to raise eyebrows.

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