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Old 29 December 2016, 05:40 PM
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Icon81 CEO resigns after overworked employee commits suicide

The head of the Japanese advertising giant Dentsu has resigned after the suicide of a junior employee was linked to a company culture that required staffers to work huge amounts of overtime.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/29/news...tsu/index.html
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Old 30 December 2016, 07:54 AM
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Knowing people that have held down jobs in Japan, overwork and excessive overtime is practically built in to their current work culture. I'm surprised it took this long for a suicide to happen. I suspect this wasn't the first at all, but the first that drew enough attention to make regulators do something about it.
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Old 30 December 2016, 01:08 PM
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I don't think that is a first either. There were full books written about all these subjects - overwork, suicide from overwork, and regulations to prevent it - way back in the 1980's.
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The article did mention that it's frequent enough that there's even a word for it: karoshi.
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Old 30 December 2016, 10:46 PM
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That's a non sequitur. The word has been around for a long time. It's existence doesn't tell us anything about how prevalent the problem is. English also has the term "worked to death" for more than a hundred years. So?
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Old 30 December 2016, 11:02 PM
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So if there's a term for the event it's obviously something that has happened before. It doesn't mean that it's a daily occurrence but it's something that people are apparently aware of as happening before this event.
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