In this Sept. 20, 2011 photo, Masaharu Hamada, a 50-year-old salesman for camera and precision-equipment maker Olympus Corp., speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Tokyo, Japan. ... more 
In this Sept. 20, 2011 photo, Masaharu Hamada, a 50-year-old salesman for camera and precision-equipment maker Olympus Corp., speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Tokyo, Japan. Hamada is among a handful of whistleblowers in Japan, a nation that has long advocated corporate loyalty and subjected outspoken employees to bizarre punishments such as assigning them closet-sized offices. His case alleging he was demoted in reprisal for merely relaying a supplier's complaints is headed to the Supreme Court. It would be the first whistleblower case to reach the nation's highest court. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Shuji Kajiyama
Wed, Sep 21, 2011 6:38 AM EDT