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Government-Backed 'Cool Japan' Fund Hit by Harassment Claims

  • Senior executive sought dinners, trips with female employees
  • Labor union formed by employees to hold discussions on July 24

A senior executive at the Cool Japan Fund, a government-backed investor in businesses that promote Japanese culture, has been accused of seeking dates and trips with women working there.

The executive, who wasn’t publicly identified by a lawyer representing the employees, arranged a social gathering at a karaoke pub with several staff in Tokyo about a year ago. When they arrived, the women were presented with random lottery cards that assigned each participant to various tasks, including a one-on-one “wine dinner” with the executive, according to the attorney, Toshiyuki Hanazawa.