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Capcom Faces Bullying Accusation

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A female game developer who worked on Dragon's Dogma claims she was bullied to the point of becoming suicidal.

According to Kotaku's translation of an article on Minpokyo, the unnamed twenty-something female joined Capcom in 2009 and was assigned to what was the company's largest development team at the time, the Dragon's Dogma crew. Shortly after, a senior female employee was assigned to the team, and she promptly set about making things as unpleasant as possible for her younger subordinate.

The new manager apparently singled out the young woman for criticism in meetings and frequently assigned her impossible tasks with no instructions.

The young employee apparently spent months working on a database to increase the efficiency of internal game development, only to be dropped from the team and told "even if the database is a success, [she was] worthless to the team."

Following that, two different superiors began trying to get her fired, apparently spreading rumors that "her ideas stink," that she was "problematic," prone to abandoning her work and skipping meetings. She approached Capcom's HR department, which did nothing about the bullying.

Later the same year, the young woman was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. During her sick leave, she attempted to commit suicide via an overdose of sleeping pills, antidepressants and cold medicine.

When she eventually returned to work, other employees insisted she hadn't recovered. Her boss eventually suspended, then fired her. The young lady has since brought a lawsuit against Capcom.

An appalling story, but right now we only have the young lady's side of the story, and fired employees are prone to making unpleasant claims about the companies that have fired them. That being said, Japan does have a sizable bullying problem, both in the schoolyard and the boardroom. Reports of "pawahara" or "power harassment," where managers use their authority to harass their subordinates, have been growing year over year. Back in January of this year, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare released a definition of the term "power harassment." Unacceptable behavior included: "asking junior employees to perform impossible tasks, committing acts of violence and other physical offenses, causing emotional stress, isolating or ignoring individuals, asking personal questions, and giving an employee nothing or very little to do."

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I think their new motto should be "Set sail for fail!." Because their sure as hell failing as respectable company, between on disc dlc, typos on packages of a final product, now this.

Always sounds worse when you only hear one side. A suicide attempt seems a little out of place, unless that was her only means of getting by at the time. A stupid jury will soak up that suicide attempt like a sponge, she will probably win.

But why they did bully her, then? Doing all that just for shits and giggles seems like a stretch to me.

OniaPL:
But why they did bully her, then? Doing all that just for shits and giggles seems like a stretch to me.

Some posit that Japan's bullying problem is a product of a society that values conformity over individuality. I don't think it's quite as simple as that, but it's a good place to start.

Shawn MacDonald:
Always sounds worse when you only hear one side. A suicide attempt seems a little out of place, unless that was her only means of getting by at the time. A stupid jury will soak up that suicide attempt like a sponge, she will probably win.

That's some nice victim blaming you've got going there.

Grey Carter:

OniaPL:
But why they did bully her, then? Doing all that just for shits and giggles seems like a stretch to me.

Some posit that Japan's bullying problem is a product of a society that values conformity over individuality. I don't think it's quite as simple as that, but it's a good place to start.

Indeed.

While I was studying criminology, I looked at the ways various cultures dealt with individuals who have been found guilty of crimes.

Whilst in the West, you're family and friends may very well shun and feel shame, that's pretty much where it ends.

In Japan, nearly every affiliation you have will feel shame for having known you, family, friends, the company you work for, the place you buy your coffee in the morning (okay maybe an exaggeration), but conformity to the group is much more predominant.

That's probably why they get up to such crazy things in their private time, to counteract the soul crushing conformity of everyday life.

Daystar Clarion:

Shawn MacDonald:
Always sounds worse when you only hear one side. A suicide attempt seems a little out of place, unless that was her only means of getting by at the time. A stupid jury will soak up that suicide attempt like a sponge, she will probably win.

That's some nice victim blaming you've got going there.

Grey Carter:

OniaPL:
But why they did bully her, then? Doing all that just for shits and giggles seems like a stretch to me.

Some posit that Japan's bullying problem is a product of a society that values conformity over individuality. I don't think it's quite as simple as that, but it's a good place to start.

Indeed.

While I was studying criminology, I looked at the ways various cultures dealt with individuals who have been found guilty of crimes.

Whilst in the West, you're family and friends may very well shun and feel shame, that's pretty much where it ends.

In Japan, nearly every affiliation you have will feel shame for having known you, family, friends, the company you work for, the place you buy your coffee in the morning (okay maybe an exaggeration), but conformity to the group is much more predominant.

That's probably why they get up to such crazy things in their private time, to counteract the soul crushing conformity of everyday life.

A story with one side isn't a story. A simple fool might believe in the plight of strangers, but I need more info.

Shawn MacDonald:

Daystar Clarion:

Shawn MacDonald:
Always sounds worse when you only hear one side. A suicide attempt seems a little out of place, unless that was her only means of getting by at the time. A stupid jury will soak up that suicide attempt like a sponge, she will probably win.

That's some nice victim blaming you've got going there.

Grey Carter:

Some posit that Japan's bullying problem is a product of a society that values conformity over individuality. I don't think it's quite as simple as that, but it's a good place to start.

Indeed.

While I was studying criminology, I looked at the ways various cultures dealt with individuals who have been found guilty of crimes.

Whilst in the West, you're family and friends may very well shun and feel shame, that's pretty much where it ends.

In Japan, nearly every affiliation you have will feel shame for having known you, family, friends, the company you work for, the place you buy your coffee in the morning (okay maybe an exaggeration), but conformity to the group is much more predominant.

That's probably why they get up to such crazy things in their private time, to counteract the soul crushing conformity of everyday life.

A story with one side isn't a story. A simple fool might believe in the plight of strangers, but I need more info.

You need more info, yet...

A stupid jury will soak up that suicide attempt like a sponge, she will probably win.

You make an assumption based on one side of the story, yet criticise others for doing so?

Daystar Clarion:

Shawn MacDonald:

Daystar Clarion:

That's some nice victim blaming you've got going there.

Indeed.

While I was studying criminology, I looked at the ways various cultures dealt with individuals who have been found guilty of crimes.

Whilst in the West, you're family and friends may very well shun and feel shame, that's pretty much where it ends.

In Japan, nearly every affiliation you have will feel shame for having known you, family, friends, the company you work for, the place you buy your coffee in the morning (okay maybe an exaggeration), but conformity to the group is much more predominant.

That's probably why they get up to such crazy things in their private time, to counteract the soul crushing conformity of everyday life.

A story with one side isn't a story. A simple fool might believe in the plight of strangers, but I need more info.

You need more info, yet...

A stupid jury will soak up that suicide attempt like a sponge, she will probably win.

You make an assumption based on one side of the story, yet criticise others for doing so?

A simple thing like suicide can get a jury to believe things that may have been blown out of proportion. A suicide is a hard thing to deal with, but it might just be her meal ticket. After serving on the jury one time in my life, I can't begin to tell you how effective crying can really be. A simple fool comment wasn't directed at you guys, just people who believe blindly.

Shawn MacDonald:

Daystar Clarion:

Shawn MacDonald:

A story with one side isn't a story. A simple fool might believe in the plight of strangers, but I need more info.

You need more info, yet...

A stupid jury will soak up that suicide attempt like a sponge, she will probably win.

You make an assumption based on one side of the story, yet criticise others for doing so?

A simple thing like suicide can get a jury to believe things that may have been blown out of proportion. A suicide is a hard thing to deal with, but it might just be her meal ticket. After serving on the jury one time in my life, I can't begin to tell you how effective crying can really be. A simple fool comment wasn't directed at you guys, just people who believe blindly.

You've been on a Japanese jury?

Anecdotal evidence, isn't evidence at all.

Conformity in Japanese culture is much more predominant than in western world. The group is valued more highly than the individual, so while a jury in our part of the world may very well feel pity for her, there's a chance a Japanese jury will not be affected in the same way.

OniaPL:
-snip-

This is just a guess but, The senior adviser may have seen her as a threat. That probably sounds weird, but as a fellow female in a fairly male dominated industry desperate people do desperate things.

Daystar Clarion:
-Snip-

Also in Japan, isn't your place of work taken VERY seriously?

Shawn MacDonald:
Always sounds worse when you only hear one side. A suicide attempt seems a little out of place, unless that was her only means of getting by at the time. A stupid jury will soak up that suicide attempt like a sponge, she will probably win.

Wait, are you advocating an impartial examination of the case? Because your tone strongly implies that you are blindly siding with Capcom.

Perhaps the lady is justified in her accusations. Perhaps it's all a lie. Perhaps parts of it are true and other parts are a fabrication. I for one am going to wait until both accounts are heard before reaching an opinion on the situation.

Neverhoodian:

Shawn MacDonald:
Always sounds worse when you only hear one side. A suicide attempt seems a little out of place, unless that was her only means of getting by at the time. A stupid jury will soak up that suicide attempt like a sponge, she will probably win.

Wait, are you advocating an impartial examination of the case? Because your tone strongly implies that you are blindly siding with Capcom.

Perhaps the lady is justified in her accusations. Perhaps it's all a lie. Perhaps parts of it are true and other parts are a fabrication. I for one am going to wait until both accounts are heard before reaching an opinion on the situation.

Always step aside and wait for things to unfold. A suicide attempt can be powerful in a courtroom, thats all really.

The Mighty Stove:

OniaPL:
-snip-

This is just a guess but, The senior adviser may have seen her as a threat. That probably sounds weird, but as a fellow female in a fairly male dominated industry desperate people do desperate things.

Daystar Clarion:
-Snip-

Also in Japan, isn't your place of work taken VERY seriously?

I'm no expert on the subject, but from what I studied, yeah, it's taken very seriously.

A company will apologise for the ill behaviour of it's employees, even if the behaviour had nothing to do with the company.

Shawn MacDonald:
Always step aside and wait for things to unfold. A suicide attempt can be powerful in a courtroom, thats all really.

I don't see why a suicide attempt shouldn't be taken into consideration quite frankly. If her situation was that bad that she felt it would be better if she was dead then that needs to be taken into account of the way Capcom treated her.

Hazy992:

Shawn MacDonald:
Always step aside and wait for things to unfold. A suicide attempt can be powerful in a courtroom, thats all really.

I don't see why a suicide attempt shouldn't be taken into consideration quite frankly. If her situation was that bad that she felt it would be better if she was dead then that needs to be taken into account of the way Capcom treated her.

A suicide attempt won't be taken into consideration, okay then. (rolls eyes)

Shawn MacDonald:

Hazy992:

Shawn MacDonald:
Always step aside and wait for things to unfold. A suicide attempt can be powerful in a courtroom, thats all really.

I don't see why a suicide attempt shouldn't be taken into consideration quite frankly. If her situation was that bad that she felt it would be better if she was dead then that needs to be taken into account of the way Capcom treated her.

A suicide attempt won't be taken into consideration, okay then. (rolls eyes)

I didn't say that at all. I suggest you read what I've written again

Ive said it once, I'll say it again, Capcom: The EA and Activision of Japan.

Brad Shepard:
Ive said it once, I'll say it again, Capcom: The EA and Activision of Japan.

EA and Activision?

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I dunno.

Capcom seems like the stupid sidekick who always messes up.

I mean come on, spelling mistakes on game packaging?

I have not once bought or played a Capcom game in my life. Sweet, sweet justification!

Daystar Clarion:

Brad Shepard:
Ive said it once, I'll say it again, Capcom: The EA and Activision of Japan.

EA and Activision?

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I dunno.

Capcom seems like the stupid sidekick who always messes up.

I mean come on, spelling mistakes on game packaging?

and ignoring the pleases of a lady that is getting screwed over to the point where she tries to pill herself to death is sidekick tier?

Roboto:
I have not once bought or played a Capcom game in my life. Sweet, sweet justification!

You...You missed Megaman and Megaman X?!

Brad Shepard:

Daystar Clarion:

Brad Shepard:
Ive said it once, I'll say it again, Capcom: The EA and Activision of Japan.

EA and Activision?

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I dunno.

Capcom seems like the stupid sidekick who always messes up.

I mean come on, spelling mistakes on game packaging?

and ignoring the pleases of a lady that is getting screwed over to the point where she tries to pill herself to death is sidekick tier?

We don't know both sides yet, so I'm not willing to throw around accusations.

Daystar Clarion:

Brad Shepard:

Daystar Clarion:

EA and Activision?

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I dunno.

Capcom seems like the stupid sidekick who always messes up.

I mean come on, spelling mistakes on game packaging?

and ignoring the pleases of a lady that is getting screwed over to the point where she tries to pill herself to death is sidekick tier?

We don't know both sides yet, so I'm not willing to throw around accusations.

I see your point, but these are the same people that tease us with Megaman Legends 3 and other trolltastic stuff, i would not put this past them either.

Brad Shepard:

Daystar Clarion:

Brad Shepard:
and ignoring the pleases of a lady that is getting screwed over to the point where she tries to pill herself to death is sidekick tier?

We don't know both sides yet, so I'm not willing to throw around accusations.

I see your point, but these are the same people that tease us with Megaman Legends 3 and other trolltastic stuff, i would not put this past them either.

Capcom are the biggest trolls in the industry.

No EU Monster Hunter titles in a long time, no Megaman, releasing 'Ultimate' versions of fighting games, less than a year after the release of the original.

They need to change their logo to this.

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If this turns out to be true and as one sided as it seems, I want to see every single person who harassed that young worker fired and black-lined from their profession. Start from the ground up for being malignant.

Also Capcom, you suck.

Bvenged:
If this turns out to be true and as one sided as it seems, I want to see every single person who harassed that young worker fired and black-lined from their profession. Start from the ground up for being malignant.

Also Capcom, you suck.

That is a possibility. The Japanese take professional embarrassment quite seriously. I think their last 5 prime ministers resigned due to political screw ups.

On one hand, I'd like to think that the industry has grown past such things, but I'd just be blowing sunshine up my ass. But I'm also aware of how bitter and angry a former employee can be. I completely agree with Neverhoodian's comment, I'll wait for the whole story on this one, but this could get real messy, real fast.

One more reason to hate Capcom. I should print out all the articles about Capcom sucking and put them on a cork board labeled "Never Forget".

I have even less interest in buying Dragon's Dogma now. Capcom is becoming a sickening company.

I'm glad Inafune left. I hope everyone who is decent left in the company leaves it and starts their own thing.

Eh. I agree that there needs to be more info before I can properly revile Capcom. It hasn't been suitably evil enough for me to hate unconditionally yet.

A simple thing like suicide can get a jury to believe things that may have been blown out of proportion. A suicide is a hard thing to deal with, but it might just be her meal ticket. After serving on the jury one time in my life, I can't begin to tell you how effective crying can really be. A simple fool comment wasn't directed at you guys, just people who believe blindly.

A *simple* think like suicide? I won't divulge into how that action has affected my life to such a degree that the path I was on in life became unalterably railroaded, but "simple"? I won't blindly side with the woman in question due to having one side of the story, but can we really expect anything from Capcom on this one besides a figurehead with a robotic and pedantic PR line?

Needs more info until a judgement can be made BUT if true, that's despicable and people should be getting sacked over this.

I won't yell at Capcom (for this anyway) until more information comes out about this.

That seems pretty insane, especially if the HR department did nothing about it. Still, presumably the HR department would have still operated within the legal areas of the law and at least noted her complaints? Should make the case fairly straight forward in court.

I find this a pretty alien concept myself, I personally would never stay at a place of work that was causing me so much distress to the point that I would think of killing myself. I understand that employment rates aren't fantastic over there but even still. :(

Really? Well if true Capcom can become the 2nd company I will boycott and join EA in the deepest recesses of Hell.

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