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

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

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

KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer

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 ($4,400). 

The Tokyo Summary Court's decision on Friday is a rare example of a Japanese company being held accountable for labor violations, though the token punishment is likely to raise eyebrows. 

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