Monday 23rd April 2018

    You think you are working hard! Have you heard of Karoshi, or Death by Overwork?

    Japan is a hard working nation. The famed Japanese work ethic used to involve working all day, drinking with your boss till late into the night and showing up at work at 8am again the following day, every day of the week. This has evolved a bit, but the pressure to work long hours remains and takes a toll - so much so that it can lead to 'Karoshi', or 'Death by Overwork' (a concept alien to us in India, we don't really even have a term for such a thing!) A panel headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for a maximum of 100 hours of overtime per month, which is being opposed by some groups. Even that amounts to 65-75 hours of work per week, which is excessive. However, it is a step in the right direction! More here