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Over 20% of public health care center staff in many of Japan’s 47 prefectures suffered from overwork last year due to their duties in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching a level that could increase the risk of death, a survey by an umbrella organization of labor unions showed Thursday.

The All-Japan Prefectural and Municipal Workers Union found in its survey that around 23% of the 1,771 respondents said their monthly overtime work was over 80 hours, considered a threshold that could raise the risk of karōshi (death from overwork).

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