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Nintendo of Japan Refusing to Repair Products if Customers Harass Employees

Nintendo of Japan Refusing to Repair Products if Customers Harass Employees - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 13 November 2022 / 3,025 Views

Nintendo of Japan has a new policy in which it can refuse to repair products if the customer has harassed its employees or made an unreasonable request, according to a report from Kyodo News.

"We made the decision after concluding our customers would understand because of the reputation we have built of faithfully responding to them," a PR at Nintendo told Kyodo News.

Reasons for refusing to report a product (via VideoGamesChronicle) includes intimidation, threats, making insulting or denigrating remarks, invasion of privacy, excessive demands like asking for free repair after the warranty has expired, demanding an apology from Nintendo, excessing repeating the same request or complaint, and defamatory comments  on social networks or websites.

Nintendo of Japan Refusing to Repair Products if Customers Harass Employees

"When making an enquiry about a repaired product, please refrain from using any actions (including but not limited to those listed below) that go beyond what is socially acceptable as a means of fulfilling your request," reads Nintendo updated repairs page. 

"If we deem that any of these actions have taken place, we may refuse to replace or repair the product. Furthermore, if the Company deems the conduct to be malicious, it will contact the police, a lawyer, etc. and take the appropriate action."

There are no laws in Japan that prevent harassment by customers, however, some companies have added anti-harassment rules into its terms and conditions.

"Some corporations began taking a resolute stance against the issue, which is effective," said an official at Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Kansai University social psychology professor Hiromi Ikeuchi added, "In recent years, posts on social media have made visible the harassment various industries are exposed to, and consumer attitudes are also changing. As a result, Nintendo has successfully kept with the times by making a decision that society was ready to accept."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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21 Comments
SanAndreasX (on 13 November 2022)

That's actually pretty reasonable and something more people should be doing. "The customer is always right" is only half of the quote. The other half is "in matters of taste." It's not a license for people to act like dicks because they didn't get their way.

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V-r0cK (on 13 November 2022)

100% Love this. This needs to apply everywhere.

To all the customers that would counter back and would say something like... "I'll take my business elsewhere then" yes please go ahead. You are not worth it and not important at all. Companies are more happier not having your money if it means they don't have to deal with your negative attitude. I feel so sad when there are good employees that had to quit because of the stress and harassment they constantly get from these stupid people.

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Doctor_MG (on 13 November 2022)

I used to work for a call center, and you can't imagine how awful some people would be over the phone. My employer never let us have the agency to hang up on customers either. I'm glad that Nintendo is doing this. You don't get to threaten or abuse others to get your way.

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Chicho (on 13 November 2022)

I agree with this. People have become too comfortable harassing employees .

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2zosteven (on 13 November 2022)

agree! Can you imagine listening to a "KAREN"?

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Ka-pi96 (on 13 November 2022)

Why was this even an issue in the first place? People shouldn't be harassing staff at all.

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JackHandy Ka-pi96 (on 14 November 2022)

Why has it become an issue? Because of the internet and social media. It has trained two generations of human beings to behave without filters.

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Azzanation (on 13 November 2022)

Harassing employees or anyone is not acceptable. Someone harassed me at work, good luck trying to get me to help them at the same time.

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KLAMarine (on 13 November 2022)

Good things come to those who keep their cool.

  • +4
JackHandy KLAMarine (on 14 November 2022)

Tell that to hypothermia victims!

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KLAMarine JackHandy (on 14 November 2022)

They will get the sweet release of death

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Shatts (on 13 November 2022)

This might not sound a lot, but in Japanese culture there's an infamous quote "customers are to be treated as gods" and that's why the service there is amazing. However, I think this mindset needs some change towards entitled customers like what we call Karens here. Only people that has respect should be treated with respect and goodness. P.S. I think service in America could be a bit better lol fcking rude af here, but tbf people are disrespectful in general. Chick Fil A should be the standard not Popeyes.

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SanAndreasX Shatts (on 13 November 2022)

On the other hand, one of the worst things to happen to the US healthcare system are Press-Ganey scores, which score hospitals on petty crap rather than actual medical and surgical outcomes. Unfortunately, hospital reimbursement is based in large part on Press-Ganey scores, and a part of the reason why they exist is over justified patient frustration over rising health care costs.

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SecondWar (on 13 November 2022)

Sounds entirely reasonable to me.

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Kwaidd (on 16 November 2022)

I had a Nintendo rep actually give me a discount on a repair, because I was kidding around and made her laugh. Their support staff are super nice to work with and very helpful.

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VAMatt (on 13 November 2022)

That's fine, as long as there are some very clear criteria for what crosses the line. The way this reads here it's like "if we think you're a dick, we won't repair your stuff". And, I don't think that's really acceptable.

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CaptainExplosion (on 16 November 2022)

I'm all for this!!

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pokoko (on 14 November 2022)

"and defamatory comments on social networks or websites." Aaah.

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CaptainExplosion pokoko (on 18 November 2022)

What about comments on social media or websites calling Nintendo's business practices stupid?

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Mystro-Sama (on 13 November 2022)

Customer: "So my joycons are drifting. I was wondering if I could get them repai-"

Nintendo: "I FEEL THREATENED!"

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VAMatt Mystro-Sama (on 14 November 2022)

They need to make the criteria very clear.

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