Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Transparency International ranks Japan near bottom for lack of enforcement against bribing foreign officials

"Never underestimate the effectiveness of a straight cash bribe."
                              - Claude Cockburn

Bloomberg: japan-is-pressed-to-step-up-foreign-bribery-prosecutions

"The [Transparency International] survey of 41 countries that have signed the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s antibribery convention ranked Japan in the bottom category, with “little or no enforcement” of laws against corruption overseas. Japanese executives working in other countries are solicited for bribes by officials on almost a daily basis, according to Aki Wakabayashi, head of Transparency International’s Japan branch. And sometimes they give in."
"One reason for Japan’s laid-back approach might be that U.S. authorities who prosecute Japanese corporations are already so effective. Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, passed in 1977, U.S. prosecutors can pursue Japanese companies with U.S. operations for bribing officials in another country. "
Question: Has the DOJ investigated Toyota for FCPA violations in its far-flung global operations, including in the most corrupt countries? Better yet, has the DOJ investigated Toyota for bribing American government officials?