• Kyodo


The Osaka District Court has ordered a hospital to pay some 76 million yen in compensation to the parents of a doctor who committed suicide in 2004, ruling it had neglected to allow her sufficient time off.

The 28-year-old doctor killed herself at Jyuzen General Hospital in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, in January 2004 by injecting herself with anesthetic after suffering depression.

Presiding Judge Shinichi Oshima said that as the doctor’s overtime had exceeded 100 hours a month for four months prior to her suicide, the hospital had “neglected to enable her to take sufficient rest.”

But the doctor should bear a certain responsibility as she did not consult a psychiatrist despite being recommended to do so by her colleagues, Oshima said.

Her parents had sought 190 million yen in compensation.

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