Japan: one fifth of employees at risk of death from overwork – report

More than 20% of workers clocked dangerous levels of overtime each month, according to a government survey

A fifth of the Japanese workforce faces the risk of death from overwork, 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.

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