TOKYO (Reuters) – An employee at Japan’s largest advertising agency Dentsu Group Inc, who had been helping design the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, has been punished for allegations of bullying, officials said on Wednesday.
The agency penalized creative director Kaoru Sugano, 42, last month for “power harassment” after he behaved in an “inappropriately excessive manner” to an employee within the Dentsu group, it said, without specifying the sanction.
The incident is the latest to throw Dentsu’s work culture into the spotlight. The firm’s president stepped down from his role following the “death by overwork” of a young employee three years ago in a suicide which prompted official probes and fresh hand-wringing over Japan’s overtime culture.
Just last month, Dentsu received a warning from labor authorities over overtime practices.
Shusaku Kannan, a Dentsu official, said in an email statement that Sugano was “firmly disciplined” and…
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