Bill to seek prevention of ‘karoshi’

JIJI

A nonpartisan group of Diet members has outlined a bill that would require the government to draw up steps to prevent death from overwork, otherwise known as “karoshi,” sources said.

The lawmakers, mainly from the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, New Komeito, as well as the Democratic Party of Japan, will take actions to get the bill passed before the extraordinary Diet session closes.

Death from karoshi would be defined as caused by diseases or suicide linked to excessive physical or mental burdens from work.

It also would require the state to hammer out a basic program to prevent karoshi.

As for employers, the bill does not go any further than asking them to “take steps to preserve the health of workers.”