Inside Japan’s new whistleblowing era: the ultimate guide!

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Inside Japan’s new whistleblowing era: the ultimate guide!

japan whistleblowingIn June 2022, Japan entered a new era of corporate transparency and accountability with the swift enactment of amendments to the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). These new rules mandate the establishment of whistleblowing systems within companies, aiming to safeguard employees who report violations of specified laws. This moment marked a significant stride toward fostering integrity within Japanese organization, especially for Japanese businesses operating abroad, notably in Thailand.

Mandatory whistleblower protection

The cornerstone of the amended WPA revolves around creating a culture of integrity within corporations by empowering employees to report wrongdoing without fear of reprimandation. Companies with over 300 employees must establish an internal whistleblowing system, while it is also highly recommended for smaller businesses in order to protect whistleblowers.

By obligating companies to establish whistleblowing systems, Japan emphasizes its commitment to transparency and ethical conduct in business practices. This move not only enhances corporate governance but also boosts investor trust and promotes sustainable growth, both domestically and internationally.

To assist businesses in implementing effective whistleblowing systems, the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) issued comprehensive guidelines, which are possibly subject to change in the future. These resources offer practical insights into the designation of personnel, establishment of internal systems, protection of whistleblowers, and ensuring the functionality of whistleblowing mechanisms. While providing a framework for compliance, the guidelines also emphasize the need for flexibility, acknowledging that whistleblowing systems may vary based on organizational factors and societal expectations.

Impact on Japanese businesses in Thailand

Thailand hosts a significant number of Japanese businesses, enjoying robust and flexible bilateral exchanges. The implementation of Japan’s whistleblowing regulations is poised to reverberate across Japanese companies operating in Thailand. These businesses must adapt to comply with the new requirements, ensuring the establishment of effective whistleblowing mechanisms within their Thai subsidiaries. This entails designating personnel, establishing internal systems, and aligning practices with the guidelines outlined by the CAA.

In addition, Japanese businesses in Thailand must navigate challenges associated with international transfers of information contained in whistleblowing reports. Compliance with Japan’s Act on Protection of Personal Information (APPI) is imperative, particularly concerning data security and restrictions on data transfer to third parties. Given the interconnected nature of multinational corporations, Japanese subsidiaries in Thailand must tread carefully to ensure compliance while facilitating necessary information exchanges with parent companies.

Experience peace of mind with Integrity Asia’s Canary Whistleblowing System

Integrity Asia’s Canary Whistleblowing System (WBS) provides a seamless solution for your company to navigate these new regulations. This centralized web application offers multiple reporting channels, ensuring ease of use for your employees. Clients gain access to reports while protecting the whistleblower identity and preserving anonymity, fostering an atmosphere of trust and transparency within the organization.

By embracing transparency and accountability, Japanese companies not only mitigate legal risks but also foster trust and credibility in their global operations. This approach contributes to sustainable business practices, enhances stakeholder confidence, and positions organizations as leaders in corporate integrity.

Does your company need to comply with these new rules? and ready to enter Japan’s new regulatory landscape and make a seamless transition to compliance and a culture of integrity? Don’t hesitate to contact us at or fill this form


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