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#MeToo finally comes to Japan

High-profile sexual harassment scandal raises hard questions about men and women at work

| Japan
Tougher rules on socializing? What's needed is a basic principle for sensibility and respect at work. (Photo by Hiromasa Shudo)

A large Japanese conglomerate recently banned male and female employees going out together for dinner in pairs. Both must be male or both female. Or they must go in a bigger group. The same applies to business trips.

I know this from an employee who told me the story as we were having a business drink together one evening. Even though he is a man and I am a woman our encounter passed his company's rules because I am not a fellow staff member but an outside consultant.

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