The current Whistleblower Protection Act was enacted in 2004 and was enforced in 2006. It was said that the scandals of the recall cover-up by Mitsubishi Motors and the disguised beef origin by Snow Brand Foods brought the new Act. However, from the beginning, it was criticized that the range of target facts was too narrow, prevention measures for retaliation were not effective, etc. Based on the supplementary resolutions of the Diet and the supplementary provisions of the Act, the Consumer Commission Whistleblower Protection Special Research Committee was established, and discussions were underway for revision. However, the speed was very slow. The Committee finally issued the report in December 2018. Public comments were solicited for the new appendix table to the Act regarding the target laws. The amendment bill was approved by the Cabinet on March 9, 2020. It is now planned to submit to the National Assembly.
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In a filing with the Tokyo Stock Exchange, MUFG said it tested 3.8 trillion yen ($30.6 billion) worth of shares, about 70 percent of its cross-shareholdings, against the new criteria. About 20 percent of the shareholdings tested do not meet the criteria and the bank will consider selling them unless their returns improve, it said.
The bank did not disclose the specifics of the criteria, but said both direct and indirect returns of the holdings are taken into consideration in determining whether they are met or not. MUFG did not specify by when the returns need to improve before it takes a decision to sell the shares.