Japan : Death By Working

Japan : Death By Working

Workaholic Japan has unveiled its first-ever plan to limit overtime, but critics want to give it the boot, saying an “outrageous” 100-hour-a-month cap will do nothing to tackle karoshi, or death from overwork.

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Oh, the joy of God giving one rest from work as the person follows Jesus.

There may be a cross, there may be denying self and there may be hard opposition but God grants rest to those who follow His Son.

…for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.  (Hebrews 4:10)

Warning:

Unfortunately few have experienced this rest in God. Want rest for your soul? Then you take upon yourself the yoke of Jesus and learn from Him. There is great joy for those who obey even when suffering.

  • Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (Matthew 11:29)

Promise:

Even when there is hard work, sleepless nights, there is rest for the soul given by the power of God. Indeed, there was much rest and joy every Sunday at the church I used to pastor because God was there providing it as we obeyed Him.

  • In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat- for he grants sleep to those he loves.  (Psalm 127:2)

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(yahoo.com)—Workaholic Japan has unveiled its first-ever plan to limit overtime, but critics want to give it the boot, saying an "outrageous" 100-hour-a-month cap will do nothing to tackle karoshi, or death from overwork.

Tokyo's bid to ease a national health crisis comes after the top executive at advertising giant Dentsu quit late last year in response to the suicide of a young employee who regularly logged more than 100 hours of overtime a month.

The death of Matsuri Takahashi generated nationwide headlines, prompting the government to come up with a solution to punishing work hours blamed for hundreds of deaths due to strokes, heart attacks and suicides every year.

A panel headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has since come up with a plan calling for a maximum of 100 overtime hours a month.

The conservative leader called it a "historic step for changing the way people work in Japan" but critics think the plan should be given its marching orders.

The Labour Lawyers' Association of Japan has slammed the proposed cap as "extremely inappropriate" and "impossible to support".

"It's tantamount to endorsing a limit that could cause overwork deaths," said Association head Ichiro Natsume.

Others who have lost loved ones to karoshi agree.

"We cannot accept this -- it's outrageous," said Emiko Teranishi, who heads a group for relatives of karoshi victims.

"I thought the government was finally going to tackle the issue.... But this has turned out to be (a) step backward rather than a step forward."

Teranishi's husband was the manager of a struggling soba noodle restaurant in Kyoto when he committed suicide in the mid-nineties after suffering from depression blamed on long working hours.

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