Japan’s government brings in overtime limit to stop people working themselves to death

Japan’s government brings in overtime limit to stop people working themselves to death

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Japan is planning to bring in a cap on the amount of overtime a worker can do to cut down on the number of cases of “death from overwork”.

Workers’ overtime will be restricted to around 60 hours a month with an increased limit of 100 hours for particularly busy periods. The working week in Japan is 40 hours but a recent government report revealed nearly one in four companies had employees who racked up more than 80 hours of overtime a month, whilst staff at one in 10 workplaces did an extra 100 hours of work every month.

Campaigners have tried to challenge the nation’s culture of long hours since 24-year-old advertising worker Matsuri Takahashi killed herself after having worked up to 130 hours of monthly overtime.

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