Officials to get training on harassment prevention

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A government panel working to promote women’s social participation on Tuesday decided on emergency measures to prevent sexual harassment, including a requirement for senior central government employees to receive related training.

The measures were drawn up after a spate of sexual harassment cases involving senior officials, including the country’s former top Finance Ministry bureaucrat, came to light.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who heads the panel, urged its members to “do everything to prevent sexual harassment and provide relief to victims.”

Seiko Noda, minister in charge of women’s empowerment, who led the effort to produce the package, said, “We were able to compile effective measures.”

Noda had considered legislation that would punish those who commit sexual harassment. But she refrained from including such legislation in the package.

Sexual harassment prevention training will be a requirement for those holding the positions of division chief, its equivalent or higher at central government agencies.

The government has so far had newly appointed lower-ranking supervisory employees and newly hired workers receive such training.

The package also includes making the public know that individual ministries and agencies have offices to receive complaints about sexual harassment from outsiders and strengthening training for staff members at the offices. The National Personnel Authority will also be urged to set up such a contact point.Speech

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