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Mother of “karoshi” victim slams 100-hour cap

  • March 14, 2017
  • , Asahi , p. 7
  • JMH Translation

Following are remarks on the 100-hour cap made by the 54-year old mother of  Matsuri Takahashi, a 24-year-old freshman employee of Dentsu, who committe suicide from overwork.

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I strongly oppose allowing up to 100 hours of overtime per month.

 

As a family member who has lost a loved one to karoshi, I strongly oppose the plan to cap overtime at 100 hours per month and at 80 hours on average for two months as part of the government’s work-style reform.

 

The government and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare know well that such long working hours cause serious damage to one’s health. Nonetheless, they are trying to legalize long work hours. This is unacceptable.

 

If they think 100 hours of overtime will help the country achieve economic growth, they are greatly mistaken. A person is not a computer, a robot, or any other kind of machine. Overwork will make a person exhausted, unproductive, and sick. It may even kill them.

 

This kind of exception to rules can’t be allowed when it concerns peoples’ health and lives.

 

Would it be ok to lose your life if it is a busy season?

 

Are they saying they can just pay money if a worker dies?

 

There are many who like my daughter have lost their lives because of work. It will be too late to do anything when someones “dies from overwork” [karoshi].

 

Please think hard.

 

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