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Labour Law in an Era of GlobalizationTransformative Practices and Possibilities$
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Joanne Conaghan, Richard Michael Fischl, and Karl Klare

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271818.001.0001

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Death and Suicide from Overwork: The Japanese Workplace and Labour Law

Death and Suicide from Overwork: The Japanese Workplace and Labour Law

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(p.219) 11 Death and Suicide from Overwork: The Japanese Workplace and Labour Law
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Labour Law in an Era of Globalization
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Makoto Ishida

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271818.003.0012

This chapter looks towards Japan and discusses death and suicide resulting from the stress of overwork, offering a stark picture of the ‘dark side’ of the once highly touted ‘Japanese miracle’. It shows how laws designed to prevent overwork and compensate for industrial injuries were undermined in Japan by judicial decisions and cultural practices, but concludes that the pressures of the ‘new’ economy may soon bring similar problems to workplaces everywhere.

Keywords:   Japan, work stress, industrial injuries, worker health, fatigue, karoshi

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