Why, despite the hardworking and serious nature of the average salaryman, are there so many accidents, spillages and safety problems in Japanese nuclear facilities, food companies, chemical companies etc. etc?

Firstly, that hardworking salaryman is tired and overworked and cannot possibly do everything he is asked to do by his boss. If missing long term safety inspections are going to be the thing he is least likely to get bollocksed for, those are the things that are going to be missed. A lack of a whistle-blower culture also doesn’t help (over 90% of Japanese employees say they would not report their company if they realized it was doing something illegal).

More of this on the Japanese Business Explained page.

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