TOKYO, JAPAN — In world news, a Japanese woman died after logging an alleged 159 hours of overtime in the month leading up to her death. What…the hell?
Her name was Miwa Sado, 31. According to Independent UK, Sado was a political journalist for the country’s national broadcaster, NHK. Unfortunately, the woman suffered heart failure via “karoshi (overwork)” in July 2013.
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Yet, her employer only made the case public this week, says the source.
***They’ve been sitting on this information for over 4 years…wow!***
The Independent UK reports that Tokyo officials deemed that the woman had died from overwork — after taking just two days off in the 30 days before she died.
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According to Japan Times, Sado often covered the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Some conspiracies have started, mentioning that she died just three days after reporting on a local election in the House of Councillors.
According to Independent UK‘s quote of Masahiko Yamauchi, one of Sado’s coworkers, she’s missed. She obviously played an integral role in the company’s success.
“Masahiko Yamauchi, a senior official at the broadcaster, said Ms Sado’s death was a ‘problem for our organisation as a whole, including the labor system and how elections are covered’.”
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Even after four years, Sado’s parents are still mourning her death.
“Even today…we cannot accept our daughter’s death as a reality.”
NHK also released a statement saying, “We hope that the sorrow of the bereaved family will never be wasted.”
SHOCKINGLY, SADO’S CASE IS ONE OF MANY OTHERS
According to a Japanese national survey, a fifth of the country’s workforce are at risk of karoshi, because they routinely clock more than 80 hours overtime each month!
The source mentions as follows.
“With around 2,000 people a year killing themselves due to work-related stress, the Japanese government has recently taken measures to address the issue. In February it launched a campaign urging employees to leave early at 3 p.m., on the last Friday of every month, and in May it named and shamed more than 300 companies that had breached labor laws.”
So… …for the other 29 to 30 days, they’re allowed to risk employees’ lives through karoshi??
What’s one Friday of “leave early at 3” going to do??
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