Jiro Inao was a Dentsu Media business director and general manager of popular Indonesia girlband, JKT48.
While the motive behind the suicide is not known, local press and police have speculated that work pressures may be the motive.
Jiro’s passing brings back to fore the issues of agency overwork, along with the recent passing of an Oglivy employee in the Philippines. Dentsu has already felt the effects of an overwork scandal and has created a commission to stem the overwork culture.
“We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our friend and colleague. Our thoughts are with his family and we ask that their privacy is respected,” said Dentsu Indonesia in a statement.
Dentsu Indonesia has well established procedures and feedback avenues to tackle workplace issues according to a Dentsu Aegis spokesperson. The staff at Dentsu Indonesia has been extended counseling support in helping them through this situation said the spokesperson.