Japanese Woman Works 152 Hours of Overtime, Dies

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Oct 5, 2017

A Japanese woman was said to have died to heart failure after working 152 hours of overtime over the course of a month, according to the Guardian. This is equal to about six straight days of work or 19 full eight-hour days. 

The 31-year-old woman, Miwa Sado, was a political reporter with the nation's public broadcasting company, covering the Tokyo metropolitan assembly elections and national upper house elections. She died three days after the upper house elections in June and July 2013. Labor inspectors looking into the matter ruled her death was a result of overwork, or karoshi. Her employer did not make her death public at the time out of respect for her family. News of the death, as well as several other recent cases, has sparked a dialogue in Japan about the country's business culture, where extremely long hours are expected of many workers. 

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