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Vol.50 Institutional Fatigue
March 13,2019
 About 3.1 million Japanese people, mostly young ones, are said to have died in World War II.

 Surprisingly, postwar reconstruction was so quick that Japan became the world's second-largest economy in 1968, 23 years after the end of the war, and had remained in the No. 2 spot for the next 42 years. This is undoubtedly due to Japanese diligence and technical skills.

 However, quality control scandals, including food fraud, exhaust emissions fraud, and seismic fraud, have recently been revealed, as well as sexual and power harassment and municipal governments' falsification of employment rates for disabled people.

 Such wrongdoings were probably brought to light by an inside informant or whistleblower. Unfortunately, these are just tip of icebergs, and almost every company or organization must have a similar problem whether it is serious or not. I think that a company or organization not seeing such a problem does not mean it has no problem but only has not been accused yet.

 To our sorrow, there can be no perfect organization or human being, and most companies and societies run at 80 to 90 percent of perfection at best. So, trying to find fault with everything may end up in dysfunctional societies.

 If sexual harassment that occurred several years ago, as far back as the school days, is seen as a scandal like in the United States, Japan may face the "And Then There Were None" situation. I regret to say that institutional fatigue lies in private and public organizations in Japan, which has been peaceful for the past 73 years, because the consequences of its culture - practices-first, unclear responsibilities, and figure-based evaluation rather than skill-based - are reflected in the above fraud scandals.

 Now, I have a suggestion. I understand that someone needs to be blamed for whistleblowing to get rid of institutional fatigue, but what don't you let accusations that happened 2 to 10 years ago slide if circumstances permit? This saves companies from bankruptcy and people from being accused of youthful follies.
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Masaru Sugaya

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