Jun 26, 2014

Japanese teachers work longest hours among OECD members

Japanese teachers work an average of 53.9 hours per week, the highest figure among the OECD’s 34 member countries. The figure for Japan was well above the average of 38.3 hours among OECD members, according to the Teaching and Learning International Survey, which Japan ...

May 20, 2014

Local governments push 'karoshi' bill

More than 100 prefectural and municipal assemblies across Japan are backing a bill now in the Diet that is aimed at preventing “karoshi” (death from overwork) and suicide caused by overwork. The bill stipulates that the country as a whole is responsible for such ...

Feb 5, 2014

Chronic fatigue plagues nursing staff nationwide

by Mami Maruko

Over 70 percent of nursing staff suffer from chronic fatigue, and 75.2 percent thought about quitting their job, according to a nationwide survey of workers in the nursing field. The survey, conducted by the Japan Federation of Medical Workers’ Unions, showed that the work ...

Nov 4, 2013

Bill to seek prevention of 'karoshi'

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, ...