Toyota apologized, noting that it was “facing up with true sincerity to the fact that a precious worker’s life was lost.” The auto manufacturer also pledged to come down hard on workplace harassment. The 28-year-old victim’s boss constantly ridiculed him, stopped him from taking time off and told him to die, according to a ruling by a regional labor bureau.
The regional labor bureau also ruled the man’s death was considered job-related and that his family is entitled to compensation. Toyota vowed to bolster workers’ healthcare, better review management, educate employees and encourage employees to speak out. The victim’s name was kept private as is the standard in Japan.
“Toyota promises to work on developing people who, each and every one, can take an interest in those around them, under our stance that power harassment should never be tolerated,” the firm noted.