Nowness: Dying from ‘overwork’—Japan’s toxic office culture

November 1, 2020

In the late hours of the evening, across the neon-lit streets of Tokyo and Osaka, it is not uncommon to discover starch-suited businessmen asleep in doorways or slumped, comatose, on park benches. With as much as a quarter of Japan’s wage-earning population working more than 80 hours of unpaid overtime per month, people dying from stress and exhaustion has become a grim consequence of Japan’s work culture…



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