‘Death by overwork’: Occupational hazard for Japan’s media

October 20, 2018 0Healt

Currently, Japanese firms can make full-time employees work far beyond the usual 40 hours a week during busy periods. (Shutterstock/File)

The news that a young reporter at Japan’s public broadcaster had worked herself to death came as little surprise to those inside the country’s media, where a culture of excessively long hours has become the norm.

“I thought it would happen eventually because we work like crazy… like a slave,” said a journalist at one of Japan’s major newspapers.

“I really thought I would die,” she told AFP on condition of anonymity, recalling her days chasing after the prime minister and lawmakers in Tokyo, when she would routinely come home from work at 1:00 am and wake up four hours later.

Read more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2017/10/13/death-by-overwork-occupational-hazard-for-japans-media.html


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