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MHLW says 1,196 firms forced employees to work more than 100 hours of overtime

  • March 14, 2017
  • , Yomiuri , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan on March 13 unveiled the results of the November crackdown on companies where working long hours are widespread.


Of the 7,014 companies inspected, 4,711 firms, or roughly 70%, were found to have violated the Labor Standards Act. Also, illegal overtime work, which exceeds monthly overtime of 100 hours, was confirmed at 1,196 entities, or nearly 20%.The parameters of the government’s definition of “karoshi”, or death from overwork, include working 100 or more hours of overtime in the month before death.


Labor standards inspection offices across Japan conduct investigations every November on companies where an employee has died from overwork or an employee has been illegally forced to work excessively long hours in the past.


The MHLW confirmed illegally long working hours at 2,773 companies, of which 1,756 were found to have forced their employees to work more than 80 hours of overtime a month and 52 firms even required employees to work more than 200 hours of overtime.


The manufacturing industry saw the largest number of companies with illegally long working hours at 787, followed by the transportation industry at 525 and the commerce industry at 400.


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