Karoshi is a Japanese term that means death by overwork.
This is the kanji for karoshi 過労死. If we take a look at each kanji separately, 過 (ka) to overdo, exceed; 労 (rou) labor; 死 (shi) death or die.
“According to the annual report (2016) released last week, 23 percent of 1,743 companies surveyed said they have employees who have worked more than 80 hours of overtime a month — a criteria beyond which a worker’s death can be linked to overwork — including 12 percent that replied that some of their employees clocked more than 100 hours of overtime in a single month. The ratio shoots up to 44 percent among companies in the information and communications business, 40 percent in the research and technology service sectors and 38 percent in trucking and postal businesses.” – The Japan Times, The government’s ‘karoshi’ report, October 2016 (click on the link to view the full report)
The government took action. And the article below is their response to this karoshi situation.
A purely voluntary scheme to let staff leave early on one Friday a month. Good luck with that
What do you think of the measures they have taken to address the issue? Is it enough to stop karoshi? Let me know in the comments section below.