Saturday, October 08, 2016

“karoshi” - death from overwork

A fifth of the Japanese workforce faces the risk of death from overwork, according to a new government survey. Hundreds of deaths related to overwork – from strokes, heart attacks and suicide – are reported every year in Japan, along with a host of serious health problems. 

22.7% of companies polled between December 2015 and January 2016 said some of their employees logged more than 80 hours of overtime each month. The report added that approximately 21.3% of Japanese employees work 49 or more hours each week on average, well above the 16.4% reported in the US, 12.5 % in Britain and 10.4% in France.

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