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A 31-year-old’s ‘death from overwork’ causes Japan to rethink work-life balance


In Japanese the word isĀ karoshi, or “death from overwork.”

The latest victim to be announced as a case of karoshi is 31-year-old Miwa Sado, who worked for the Japanese news network NHK and reportedly logged 159 overtime hours in one month before she died of heart failure in July 2013. She had taken just two days off the prior month, the GuardianĀ reports.

Japan’s government has been trying desperately over the past several years to change the cultural attitudes toward work. In early 2016, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched a “work style reform” panel seeking to make time off more alluring for Japanese workers.

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