Karoshi is the word means death by overwork

Have you ever heard about KAROSHI? KAROSHI means “death by overwork.” This word is recently added to even in the English dictionary!


Some foreigners have already known about the word.
The first case of the KAROSHI was reported in 1969, with the stroke-related death of a 29-years-old male worker in the shipping department of Japan’s largest newspaper company. (Wikipedia)

image of KAROSHI

It was not until the mid to late 1980s, during the Bubble Economy, when several high-ranking business executives who were still in their prime years suddenly died without any previous sign of illness, that the term emerged into Japanese public life. This new phenomenon was immediately seen as a new and serious menace for people in the workforce. In 1987, as public concern increased, the Japanese Ministry of Labour began to publish statistics on Karoshi. (Wikipedia)

A recent shocking incident related to KAROSHI

Four years ago, shocking Karoshi was reported in JAPAN.
Matsuri Takahashi, who was 24 years old, graduated from Tokyo University, committed suicide because of the too much overwork. She was forced to overwork for 100 hours per month. She was working for the largest advertisement company called DENTSU, which was previously the most popular company for students. Since it has happened, a lot of companies try to change their way of working.

Freeter is a trend (a new way of working, thinking about the work)

There is a new movement of Japanese workers, formed as a result of Karoshi. Young Japanese are choosing a part-time job, contrary to their elder counterparts who work overtime. This is a new style of career choice for the young Japanese people who want to try out different jobs to figure out their potential. These individuals work for “hourly wages rather than regular salaries,” and are called “freeter.” The number of freeter has increased throughout the years, from 200,000 in the 1980s to about 400,000 in 1997. (Wikipedia)

Some people chose to work as a freeter to come true to their dream. They work as a freeter, and on the other hand, they make an effort to come true to what they really want to do. Freeters can choose when to work and can decide when to make efforts for their dream. (Official workers can not decide when to work, the company limits them)

My company is super kind to employees

I am working for a production company which is in the first section of the Tokyo stock exchange. I am a freshman, so I was worried about working because Karoshi news was repeatedly announced in the news. I remember when I was a student, I hoped my workplace is very employee-friendly. And now, I am enjoying working with my colleagues. In my opinion, we can not judge the reality of the company on the internet. Actually, on the internet, my company’s reputation is quite low. I am pleased to be able to work for my company. However, nobody knows what is going to happen in the near future.

We should enjoy working, and nobody should die from work.

When you make mistakes, what do you think about it? When everybody is working, what do you think about it? I always force myself to believe that If I leave my workplace, will the company go bankrupt? The answer is No. If I quit the job, the company is definitely going on. This is how I enjoy my work. NEVER MAKE KAROSHI HAPPEN AROUND ME. We should help each other and try to think about other people’s merits.

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