Canadian Single Dad Claims Harassment in Japan

I have zero sympathy for this man or anyone who goes to a foreign country and expects things to be run as they would in Canada. The Japanese regard time off of work as weakness. That’s how things roll. After working in Japan, he should have gathered that most of the globe doesn’t harbour the sentiments that Canadians do.

How is multiculturalism working out now?

The 47-year-old single father and former manager of global sales at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. in Tokyo alleges he was harassed to the point of mental and physical collapse after he exercised his right to a leave when his son Alexander was born two years ago.

His lawyers have filed a temporary injunction against the Japanese brokerage and have asked a Tokyo court to order the firm reinstate him to full employee status. The company said it encourages its employees to take parental leave. But Wood said he’s a victim of what is known in Japan as patahara — paternity harassment.

Wood said he was incrementally demoted before he was put on unpaid leave in October after rejecting what he said amounted to a low-level clerical position and a more than 50 per cent pay cut.

“It was like junior high school girls’ type of behaviour — they shut me out,” he said. “They wouldn’t invite me to meetings, they wouldn’t look at me, they wouldn’t talk to me.”

  • Mr. Meow

    Obviously not a lot of whining about the “pay equity gap” over there.

  • Alain

    When in Rome…… Suck it up buster you are not in Canada.

    • DaninVan

      Heh…”Tojo, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    They sound like a bunch of assholes in Japan.
    Cultural differences aside, and I repeat myself, they sound like a bunch of assholes.

    • Before anyone wades into the debate of whether or not this treatment is fair or unfair, consider that this guy (no mention of a traditional marriage in a traditional country but I digress) is like other Canadian leftists who expect to be treated as he would in Canada but makes no demands of the hijab-wearing set who are in his country.

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s more than that. Japanese are some of the most racist and Xenophobic people in the modern world. If you ain’t Japanese you ain’t shit. And if you don’t play the social games that the other suits do, like going out drinking until midnight every single night then your career is over.

    • Clink9

      Total beehive activity.

    • canminuteman

      Then don’t go there.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Pretty much, yeah. In every culture there are written rules and unwritten rules. This fellow seems willfully ignorant of the unwritten rules.

        • canminuteman

          My brother in law worked for a large Jap corporation in Toronto, and was sent to work at corporate HQ in Tokyo for six months. He says its pretty strange. He says they all compete with each other to be the first in in the morning and the last to leave at the end of the day, but don’t actually accomplish much in between.

          • Drunk by Noon ✓

            Shame vs. guilt.
            They have got to show off how hard they are working by anything other than the product of the work itself.

          • xavier

            Absolutely It’s their form of virtue signalling

          • xavier

            Yup which is why Japan can’t break out of its economic rut. If they actually worked instead of virtue signal who’ll due from lack of sleep, they’d actually still be the no 2 economy

    • Alain

      The West was once much the same, prior to all our wonderful diversity and multiculturalism. While there are certain customs in Japan such as the extreme competitiveness in both school and work place that we, and even some Japanese, do not like, wanting to preserve their culture is a big plus. The Chinese are the same when it comes to being xenophobic and most are very hard working. In fact it is only the West that went astray with the diversity/multiculturalism rubbish and we are reaping the consequences.

    • In this instance, he is expecting Canadian benefits while in Japan.

      No dice.

  • bargogx1

    Obviously this company is offering their employees a benefit that theyr’e really, really hoping none of them will actually use. Maybe the hints were too subtle for us westerners.

    • Alain

      In Japan the same goes for allowed vacation time.