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Dentsu faces summary indictment over overtime

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office has brought a summary indictment against Dentsu Inc. on suspicion of violating the labor standards law over illegal overtime at the leading ad agency, informed sources said Thursday.

Four senior Dentsu officials on whom papers were sent to prosecutors for the same allegations escaped indictment, the sources said.

The decisions marked an end to criminal investigations into the overwork problem at Dentsu, which came to light following the high-profile overwork-triggered suicide in December 2015 of Matsuri Takahashi, a 24-year-old first-year female employee at the company.

The issue has had a huge impact on discussions on the country’s work style reforms. Takahashi’s death was recognized as being related to work by a labor standards inspection office in September last year.

In November last year, labor authorities raided the Dentsu headquarters in Tokyo and the firm’s branches in Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya.

Then, the authorities sent papers on the company and the four senior officials, including a boss of Takahashi, to relevant district public prosecutors offices for allegedly forcing employees to work longer hours than the limit set under a labor-management agreement in violation of the labor standards law.Speech

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