Japan / Thailand: No corporate responsibility in bribe case

 

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In the first case negotiated under the newly introduced system of plea bargaining in Japan, employees of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power System are being investigated by prosecutors for allegedly giving bribes to Thai officials. According to the company, the case came to light through an internal whistle blower procedure, at which point the company contacted the authorities. In exchange for full co-operation from the company, the prosecutors will investigate the employees alleged to have given bribes, and not pursue corporate legal responsibility.

The Japanese system of plea bargaining was introduced amid controversy in June of this year. Questions are sure to be asked as to why the new system was used to target ‘small fry’ as opposed to the ‘big fish’, as was the justification for the new system.

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Autor(a): 東京新聞

タイの発電所建設事業を巡り現地の公務員への贈賄疑惑が浮上し、事業を受注した日本企業と東京地検特捜部との間で、法人の刑事責任を免れる見返りに、不正に関与した社員への捜査に協力する司法取引(協議・合意制度)が成立したことが、関係者への取材で分かった。六月に制度が始まって以降、初適用となる。特捜部は今後、社員ら個人の刑事責任を追及する。法人としての企業の起訴は見送るとみられる。

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