In Japan Employees Are Working Themselves To Death


Workers in Japan are clocking extraordinary amounts of overtime. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Jayde Lovell, hosts of The Young Turks, tell you how the Japanese government is trying to help.

“The Japanese might be the hardest working people in the world. Employees there sleep less and work longer hours than almost anywhere else. The culture is so rigorous that there's a word for literally working yourself to death: karoshi.

That might be good if you're an employer trying to make a deadline or cut costs. But it's bad if you're a country with a falling birthrate and a population of people who say they're too busy and exhausted to have children.

So officials are launching a new campaign to get employees out of the office. Dubbed “Premium Friday,” it will encourage companies to let workers leave early on the last Friday of the month. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is also pushing a measure to cap overtime, which he says he'll enforce with random inspections. These come on the heels of major investigations into Mitsubishi and Dentsu, both accused of forcing excessive work. At Dentsu, a 24-year-old woman killed herself after putting in 100 hours of overtime.”