For the first in the history of their country, Japan wants to limit the amount of time Japanese work beyond their normal working schedule to 100 hours per month.
However, the politicians who plan to vote against the new bill claim the law will not solve the real problems of the Nippon workforce.
Furthermore, they believe the new bill will not accomplish anything but worsen a series of practices adopted by the Japanese government shortly after the World War II, like the value of a worker or taxpayer depends on his physical resistance.
‘We cannot accept this anymore. It’s outrageous’, declared Emiko Teranishi, the spokesperson of an association that deals with the karoshi (death from overworking) victims.
Emiko’s husband killed himself in 1996 after he felt exhausted from the interminable working hours and no days off policy.
The man was managing a restaurant in Kyoto and the pressure of increasing the sales was all upon his shoulders.
‘He was depressed. He was telling me he can’t eat nor sleep. Every single morning I was begging him to take a day off but he preferred to go to work instead’, revealed the widow.
In an editorial published by the Japanese press, Hifumi Okunuki, the president of Tozen, expressed his ‘sadness’ regarding the new legislative project: ‘How many employees must die before our country wakes up?’
Last month, after they presented the data in front of a special committee who fights against karoshi, Nippon prime-minister Shinzo Abe congratulated the ‘historical stage regarding the process of reforming the working environment in Japan’.