Japanese government takes measures to put an end to death by overworking

The government urges workers to stop overworking after high-profile deaths call for a shift in work culture.

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The Japanese government has announced measures to limit the amount of overtime employees can do and thus, stopping them overworking, after high-profile deaths in the country.

According to The Independent, the government will also be releasing a scheme called “Premium Friday”, which is set to launch in February, to allow workers to leave office early on the last Friday of every month.

A government survey revealed that people in Japan work for more than 80 hours of overtime each month which has adverse effects on their health. This Japanese culture of overworking at the risk of death is known as karoshi. 

In a report by Bloomberg, government spokesperson Yoshihide Suga said that Japan needs to “end the norm of long working hours so people can balance their lives with things like raising a child or taking care of the elderly”.

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