This old tactic is absolutely the sleaziest of all inelegant ways to terminate someone:
CFM Asia, k.k. (“Capital Fund Management”) is a global French company with a proprietary technology that crunches numbers, then churns this into financial products. These are highly sought by pension funds and banks.
CFM Asia, k.k. incorporated in Tokyo 5 years ago, hiring a Japanese trilingual go-getter to facilitate the process. This individual found their real estate, set-up shop, handled the accounting; you know the type? In 5 years, the company flourished and the staff doubled, brought-in two expatriate technicians from Paris. This Japanese national continued to play the key roll as the technicians spoke no Japanese and the Representative Director needed his own level of handling. Eventually, he was promoted upstairs and now runs the London operations. A really great guy.
So CFM kicks over some rocks and hires a new guy… spends a couple of months in transition, then left to his own devices. But this staffer-with-the-company-from-the-start knows everything: handles everything, facilitates everything, translates, interfaces with FTC. This, of course, drives new guy nuts. So he plots. And waits. And spreads stories that undermines her credibility & standing and boosts his own; you know the type?
Finally, when all things are in place, after a long vacation that includes a secret couple of days at the headquarters to deliver the coup de’ gras, he arrives in Tokyo… everything planned-out in advance (including hiring replacement, her first day on this explosive day!).
He gets in early that morning before anyone else, all a’quiver with excitement. New girl arrives early too. The ambush is set.
Our earnest employee arrives for work a bit before 9:00 a.m. as usual. It is a warm Spring day, yet before she can make it to her desk, bossman ushers her into the conference room. “Oh, welcome back! How was your trip?” He responds after sitting her down, “Sorry, but today is your last day. Here is your Resignation Letter, please sign here, here (and pointing with the pen she is to use…) and here. You can come back tomorrow when everyone is gone to collect your things. Thank you for your work here…”
You might think this is unfathomable but this kind of story happens with enough frequency in small foreign companies with bosses who don’t have a clue, but finally feel their “lock” on power.
This battle is still in full-swing. CFM Asia has hired a local law firm, so they are busy cobbling together “cause” of enough enormity so to justify immediate termination, but this just will not fly: too much mental gymnastics & re-depiction of reality is required.
So what should one do in such a predicament? Go to a bengoshi… file a suit… argue by throwing stones at the castle walls? There are plenty of ways to go about righting this kind of wrong, the most effective is (the same way you eliminate mold) exposure to sunlight.
The essential points here are:
1.) If you are going to hire a fox to watch over the chickens, don’t let the fox… first eat… the chickens; and
2.) If a company treats valued & dedicated employees so shabbily, how will they secretly treat their valued-customers?
In normal Japanese society, this kind of corporate behavior is exceedingly rare. No foreign capital company or know-nothing Representative Director should get a “pass” with such torrid behavior and be able to say, “opps! well, sorry, talk to my bengoshi…” That is what’s known in the vernacular as chickensh*t… and something you would normally expect from a financial services company… in Japan??!