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Former Hyogo Official Who Exposed Harassment Found Dead

HYOGO, Jul 10 (News On Japan) - A union has demanded the resignation of Hyogo Governor Saito following the death of a former senior official who distributed documents alleging workplace harassment by the governor.

Fumio Tochitori, Central Executive Committee Chairman of the Hyogo Prefectural Employees' Union, stated, "It is extremely regrettable that we could not protect the employee who made the accusations. We call for a responsible response from the governor."

On the morning of July 10th, just before 11 a.m., the union submitted a request to the prefectural government, stating, "Since the problem arose, there have been significant disruptions to workplace operations, making it impossible to restore public trust," and demanded Governor Saito's resignation.

In Hyogo, a 60-year-old former senior official who was disciplined after internally exposing harassment allegations against the governor died on the 7th.

Governor Saito has so far denied the calls for his resignation, stating, "It is my significant responsibility to thoroughly reform the prefectural administration."

Source: ANN

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