Abe pledges zero tolerance on sexual harassment
Japan Today -- Jun 13
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday pledged zero tolerance on sexual harassment, ordering senior officials to undergo training to prevent abuse after a scandal involving a top government bureaucrat.

"Sexual harassment is a clear violation of human rights. It must never be tolerated," Shinzo Abe told a panel of ministers.

"We ask each one of the ministers to implement this emergency measure in a swift manner," he said, referring to a new policy that will require senior bureaucrats to undergo anti-sexual harassment training.

The training will be tied to promotion for bureaucrats in a bid to ensure the success of the effort.

The initiative comes after a senior finance ministry official was forced to resign following allegations he sexually harassed female reporters.

He denied the allegations, but a ministry probe found them credible and docked his retirement pay.

The finance ministry came under fire for its handling of the allegations, with Finance Minister Taro Aso initially appearing to dismiss them, and the ministry then asking women to come forward publicly with details of their experiences.

テレビ朝日の女性記者に対する財務省の福田前次官のセクハラ問題などを受けて、政府はセクハラ防止の緊急対策を決定しました。 安倍総理大臣:「誠に遺憾ながら、先般のセクハラ事案の発生を受け、野田大臣に緊急対策の取りまとめを指示したものであります。
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