Advertising giant Dentsu Inc. admitted Friday that it was responsible for the 1991 suicide of a 24-year-old employee who had become depressed due to overwork and agreed to pay the family about 168 million yen in compensation to settle the case, a lawyer for the family said.

The settlement, first proposed by the Tokyo High Court in May, marks the first time a company has accepted blame for the suicide of an employee apparently caused by depression from overwork.

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