Japan study: A third of working women were sexually harassed

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese government study has found nearly a third of working women who responded to a survey reported being sexually harassed on the job, such as unwanted physical contact or being subjected to degrading comments.

The study, the first of its kind, was released Tuesday. It did not give a margin of error. It examined responses from more than 9,600 women employees, submitted by mail or online. The response rate was 18 percent.

Of the respondents, 29 percent said they had suffered sexual harassment.

The most common harassment was having their appearance or age became the focus of conversation, at 54 percent. The next most common was unwanted touching at 40 percent, followed by sexually related questions at 38 percent. Twenty-seven percent were asked out for meals and dates.