Monday, July 21, 2008

Toyota engineer’s family awarded compensation

The Peninsula On-line: Qatar's leading English Daily:

"Death from too much work is so commonplace in Japan that there is a word for it — karoshi. There is a national karoshi hotline, a karoshi self-help book and a law that funnels money to the widow and children of a salaryman (it’s almost always a man) who works himself into an early karoshi for the good of his company.

A local Japanese government agency ruled on June 30 for the widow and children of a 45-year-old Toyota chief engineer who died in 2006. While organising the worldwide manufacture of a hybrid version of the Camry sedan, the man had worked nights and weekends and often travelled abroad — putting in up to 114 hours of overtime a month — in the six months before he died in his bed of heart failure. The cause of death was too much work, according to a ruling by the Labour Bureau of Aichi prefecture, where Toyota has its headquarters."

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