A television reporter’s death is being attributed to overwork after the woman reportedly took only two days off while logging 159 hours of overtime in the month before she died.
The New York Post reports that Miwa Sado, 31, died of congestive heart failure in July 2013. Sado worked for public broadcaster NHK in Tokyo.
“A local labor standards office attributed her death to ‘karoshi’ — death from overwork — a year later, but her former employer only publicized her case this week,” The Post reports. “Her death sheds light on the oppressive work culture in Japan, where employees who work very long hours have been dropping like flies in increasing numbers.”
The report also cites the case of Matsuri Takahashi, 24, who was a new hire at ad agency Dentsu when she committed suicide in 2015.
“Officials ruled that her death was a result of stress induced by long work hours,” The Post reports. “She had amassed 100 hours of OT a month.”
In the weeks before her death, Takahashi reportedly posted a message on social media in which she wrote: “I want to die. I’m physically and mentally shattered.”