Reuters reports that Japanese activists have called for drastic steps by the government, companies and universities to stamp out sexual harassment of job-seeking students, a problem they said lurks in the shadows because victims fear speaking out. Although the labour ministry drafted guidelines in October to prevent power harassment in workplaces, it said only that such measures were “desirable” for students and other non-employees. Despite some diversification in recruitment, many Japanese firms tend to hire new graduates, who begin the job hunt while still at university. Members of Safe Campus Youth Network, a volunteer group of professors and students at six Tokyo universities, said that many of the students feel too vulnerable to denounce harassment. The guidelines against power harassment are expected to be finalised this month after a period of public comment, but have come under fire from some experts who say the definition of power harassment is too narrow.
Source: Staffing Industry Analysis | Apply: Japan – Activists push to stamp out sexual harassment of job-seeking students (Reuters)