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Whistle-blower law needs beefing up for added punch

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A Cabinet Office study panel has proposed steps to improve and enhance the whistle-blower protection system aimed at making it easier for insiders to expose wrongdoings within their organizations and ensuring that the problems will be redressed.

An expert study group of the Cabinet Office’s Consumer Commission published its final report on its work to develop proposals for revising the whistle-blower protection law at the end of last year.

The law, which came into effect in 2006, has been criticized for being ineffective. Critics say the conditions for applying the law to individual cases are too strict while the protections for whistle-blowers provided by the legislation are insufficient. Due to these shortcomings, they say, the law has failed to sufficiently serve its purposes.

In response to such criticisms, the panel’s report called for mandating companies with 300 or more employees to establish a whistle-blowing protection program. It also said the scope of whistle-blowers protected by the law should be expanded to include board members and retired........

© The Asahi Shimbun