Death by overwork continues in Japan as reforms stall

The Japanese labour authorities have issued warnings to a semiconductor company and a university for overworking their employees, the move coming in the country where the term "karoshi" - or death by overwork - was coined.

Several high-profile karoshi deaths in recent years have spurred a bout of soul searching in Japan and consequently a promise to prevent a repeat of such cases. Those who died included a young executive working for advertising giant Dentsu, an NHK political reporter, and a construction supervisor at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2018, with the headline 'Death by overwork continues in Japan as reforms stall'. Print Edition | Subscribe