Japan has longest working hours in the world, and some young Japanese workers are literally working themselves to death. Nearly a quarter of Japanese companies have employees working more than 80 hours overtime a month, often unpaid. 12% of them work more than 100 hours of overtime each month, In the case of suicide, it could be more than 160 hours of overtime a month. More than 2,000 Japanese killed themselves due to work-related stress in 2016, other victims died from heart attacks, stress, strokes and other conditions on their office desk.
Karoshi- Death by overwork is a publication aimed at raising awareness and giving information about the intense working culture in Japan, a culture where instances of employee suicide or heart failure is a common occurrence because of long working hours. The literal translation of ‘Karoshi’ is ‘Death by overwork’. The publication features photographs and daily stories of salary men, bringing focus to the importance of work life balance towards reducing Karoshi cases in the future.