Essay on Death From Overwork And Japanese People

2068 Words Mar 7th, 2016 null Page
From 2002 to 2003, 160 work-related deaths were reported in Japan, 2.8 times more than those in 2001 (Morioka 82). If this isn’t alarming enough, in 2011, the number of compensated cases of death from overworking In Japan jumped to 121 (“Case Study: Karoshi”). Karoshi, translated as "death from overwork", is a serious social problem persisting in the working class of Japanese people. Karojisatsu, which is suicide from overworking and stressful work conditions, is also a serious problem within the Japanese community. Both of these issues have been around for decades. Due to long hours of hard labor, a variety of health related issues, fear of unemployment, and a lack of social support, a portion of the working class in Japan has become ill, died or committed suicide; this issue should be recognized as a real threat to the people of Japan and handled in a serious manner. Naoki Kondo and Juhwan Oh suggest that mortality in industrialized countries falls in recessions and rises during economic expansion (649). This is because during economic expansion, there is more work to be done, thus making the risk of death from overworking higher. Japan showed a drastic rise in suicide rate during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis (Kondo and Oh 649). Many people lost their jobs during the crisis and workloads increased due to a shortage of employees. This event forced the remainder of the employed to work extra hours. “In 2000, 28% of regular Japanese employees worked 50 hours or more per…

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