After a 31 year-old woman from Japan catastrophically died from working 159 hours overtime at her job, Japan has yet again been forced to address its typecast of having a death-by-overwork culture.
Miwa Sado, a political reporter/journalist, worked for public broadcaster NHK in Tokyo when she died from heart failure in 2013 after working unfathomable amounts of time.
Japan has become so infamous for its rigorous work expectations that there’s even a name for it “karoshi“—which interprets to death by overwork.
Though Ms. Sado died all the way back in 2013, her case was only made public awareness this week when one of her former fellow employees brought it to light.
Ms. Sado’s parent’s expressed in a statement through NHK that, “Even today, four years on, we cannot accept our daughter’s death as a actuality. We hope that the sorrow of a bereaved family will not be wasted.”
Japan is famous for its salary-man culture and death from overwork is becoming ever more increasing, though the publicity of Ms. Sado’s case is anticipated to persuade authorities to change something about the gruelling, long hours that have become such a social norm.
The Chief of NHK recently released an article apologizing for overwork death.
“The head of NHK is apologizing for the death of one of the broadcaster’s reporters. Labor officials determined that Miwa Sado died from overwork.
NHK’s President says he is reviewing how to improve working conditions for employees.
“NHK President Ryoichi Ueda said at a news conference that he deeply regrets the loss of the excellent reporter who dedicated herself to public broadcasting.
“He said he takes seriously the fact that her death was recognized as work-related.
“Ueda also said he profoundly sympathizes with the parents who lost their 31-year-old daughter. He vowed to continue to work on labor reforms, including a thorough review of NHK reporters’ work practices.”