Employee Dies In Japan Due To Heavy Overtime

Frederick Owens
October 6, 2017

As per a research, it has been proved that people in Japan log in more hours compared to the people in United States and Britain.

Japan's work culture is once again under scrutiny following the admission by national broadcaster NHK that the death of a 31-year-old employee had been caused by overwork.

Miwa Sado died of congestive heart failure in 2013 after working 159 hours and 37 minutes of overtime in one month, her employer, the Japanese national broadcaster NHK said on Wednesday, according to the Asahi newspaper.

In a 2016 government report on karoshi, almost a quarter of companies surveyed said that some employees were working more than 80 hours of overtime a month.

Sado's employer said that it did not release her cause of death out of respect to her family. She died three days after the upper house elections.

Mr Masahiko Yamauchi, a senior official at NHK's news department, said the incident was not a personal matter but a "problem for our organisation as a whole, including the labour system and how elections are covered".

Sado joined the broadcaster in 2005 and started to work at its bureau in Kagoshima Prefecture.

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In April 2015 a 24-year-old worker Matsuri Takahashi killed herself and Labor standards officials cites the cause to be stress brought on by long working hours.

"Even today, four years on, we can not accept our daughter's death as a reality", Sado's parents said in a statement released through NHK. "We hope that the sorrow of the bereaved family will never be wasted". In 2015. They used an average of 8.8 days of their annual leave compared with 100 percent in Hong Kong and 78 percent in Singapore.

"I want to die as I am destroyed physically and mentally", Takahashi had penned on social media before her death.

A 2014 sleep study's poll found that Japan's workforce sleeps less than any other country.

The Japanese government has recently taken measures to address the issue. 'Karoshi is more than just a phrase; according to the country's Manpower Ministry, there have been up to 200 cases of real karoshi that involved suicide, heart attack, and stroke. Her death was attributed to karoshi, a Japanese term for "death from overwork".

The Abe government planned to scrap the 100 hours overtime and punish those companies that allow employees to exceed the limit, reported The Guardian.

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