Benesse Corp. bigwig bashes underling in meeting

An executive from correspondence education giant [and parent company of Berlitz and Simul] Benesse Corp. faces punishment after he punched a middle manager during a meeting last month, the company said.

The executive, a 53-year-old man whose name has not been released, has apologized to the lower-ranking manager who he hit.

But Benesse Corp. officials said that the executive will be punished strictly, including a possible demotion, within the end of the month because his behavior was not appropriate for a company that deals so much in education.

The executive at the center of the incident was in charge of overseeing Benesse’s businesses related to high school and university education.