Thanks to the Enron and WorldCom corporate accounting scandals, whistleblowing is enjoying a renaissance in the U.S. Both Cynthia Cooper, the internal auditor who sounded the alarm over WorldCom's $3.8 billion in bookkeeping shenanigans, and Sherron Watkins, who first voiced concerns about Enron's accounting tricks, have won acclaim as right-thinking individuals struggling against morally bankrupt business cultures.

If you live in Japan, however, snitching on the boss is not viewed as favorably by a society that traditionally values harmony over individual acts of conscience. Case in point: Tamaki Mitsui, a 58-year-old former prosecutor in the Osaka High Public...

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