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West Japan gov't worker disciplined for sharing photo of applicant's CV on LINE app

The logo of the LINE free messaging app is seen on the screen of a smartphone. (Mainichi)

TENRI, Nara -- The government of this western Japan city announced on Jan. 16 that it had disciplined a male employee after he shared a picture of a CV received as part of a job application to his friends and colleagues using the Line free messaging app.

According to the city, the employee, who is in his 50s and works in the general affairs department at a section chief level, was punished starting Jan. 15 with a 10% pay cut for six months.

He was reported to have taken a picture of the resume with a smartphone in December 2019 and then sent the image to 23 people he knows. The CV, which included the applicant's personal information such as their head shot, address, and previous working history, had been submitted to the city as part of an application for a part-time job at the department.

The employee was described as someone who habitually disclosed the events of his daily life to people he knows via the app. He reportedly said, "I casually sent it (the message) as normal. I was somewhat relieved to have finally found (an applicant)." The incident came to light after colleagues who received the photo reported it to his superior.

Tenri Mayor Ken Namikawa released a statement saying, "I apologize sincerely for this incident, which has severely damaged our citizens' trust."

(Japanese original by Akiko Hirose, Sakurai Local Bureau)

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