Comsn continued June 12, 2007Posted by fukumimi in Economy & Business, Japan, Society.
With Goodwill Group being pressured into divesting Comsn to a third party, several groups are being mentioned in the press as potential parties to a transaction.
Watami has expressed an interest in the old peoples’ homes business, which they already have a presence.
Another interested party is Nichii Gakkan, who is a major player in the care services market.
A Tokyo Metropolitan Government sanctioned inquiry had found that Nichii had pocketed approximately $1M illegally, compared to Comsn’s $2.5M.
Why is the media glossing over the fact that Nichii has also been abusing the system, even if they did not engage in the tactics employed by Comsn of liquidating their subsidiaries to escape punishment?
It seems to have been decided by the media’s puppetmasters that Comsn will be used as a scapegoat whilst others who engaged in substantially similar illegal practices are allowed to continue as if nothing had happened.
Whilst Comsn’s attempt to avoid punishment is undoubtedly a underhanded act which exacerbated the situation, the underlying issue is that a number of major care service providers have been institutionally defrauding the taxpayer. The problem is bigger than one single corporation.
It seems the problem is being spun as being due to a greedy rogue corporation, when the signs are that there are fundamental problems with many of the larger players in this sector.
Pretending that the problem is isolated to Comsn is unacceptable. A wholesale review of the industry is required. But I don’t expect that to happen in the current climate. The underlying problems will resurface again later, after more people suffer, and more taxpayers’ money is wasted, unless the structural problems are not addressed. Another MHLW disaster in the making.