Journalist Died From Overwork After Clocking 150+ Overtime Hours in One Month

  • Journalist Died From Overwork After Clocking 150+ Overtime Hours in One Month

Journalist Died From Overwork After Clocking 150+ Overtime Hours in One Month

Not quite a month later, just days after the second election, she died of congestive heart failure.

Japan's biggest advertising agency has been fined 500,000 yen (£3,385) for forcing staff to work illegally long overtime, after the death of one of its employees forced the country to confront its unforgiving work culture.

The incident is likely to put further pressure on Japanese authorities to reform its workspace culture of overworking to prove dedication, reports The Guardian.

Japan's public broadcaster has revealed that one of its reporters died from overwork. Labor officials ruled that the death had been a suicide and that it happened after she worked more than 100 hours of overtime. "We hope that the sorrow of a bereaved family will not be wasted", Sado's parents said in a statement issued through NHK, according to The Guardian. As per reports, he had been working 100 hours more in a month. Labour standards officials ruled that her death was caused by excessive stress due to long working hours.

With so many at-risk workers in Japan, it should come as no surprise that deaths like Sado's are fairly common.

The workload equated to Sado having worked an average of 5.9 hours overtime a day including weekends - around twice the average contracted working week of 40 hours.

The country has some of the longest working hours in the world, with nearly a quarter of companies expecting employees to work more than 80 hours' overtime a month, often unpaid, according to the BBC.

But a former colleague of Sado told them in the summer that while the program has been in place, the network did not notify its employees that Sado's death was what prompted the reform. Weeks before she died, she posted on social media: "I want to die".

Additionally, the survey also showed that stressful work-related woes have caused approximately 2,000 workers to end their lives annually.

In February 2017, the Japanese government and Japan's largest business group, Keidanren, introduced "Premium Friday" that encourages companies to grant workers to leave the office at 3pm on the last Friday of the month.

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