Ja­panese face death from over­work

The Myanmar Times - - World -

More than one in five Ja­panese com­pa­nies have em­ploy­ees who work such long hours they are at se­ri­ous risk of death, ac­cord­ing to a new gov­ern­ment sur­vey into the coun­try’s no­to­ri­ously stren­u­ous work­ing cul­ture. 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, spark­ing law­suits and calls to tackle the prob­lem. The sur­vey was part of the na­tion’s first white pa­per on karoshi, or death from over­work, en­dorsed by Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe’s cab­i­net last week.

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