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Cartea este în limba engleză și e scrisă de Fergus O′Connell. Editura Wiley, 2013
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don ’ t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller ’ s Day Off, 1986
THIS PROBLEM IS REALLY SERIOUS
KNOW WHAT “ KAROSHI” MEANS?
On 30 November 2007 the Nagoya District Court in Japan accepted Hiroko Uchino ’ s claim that her husband, Kenichi, a third-generation Toyota employee, was a victim of karoshi when he died in 2002 at the age of 30. He collapsed at 4am at work, having put in more than 80 hours of overtime each month for six months before his death. The week of his death, Mr. Uchino told his wife, “The moment when I am happiest is when I can sleep”. He left two children, aged 1 and 3.
As a manager of quality control, Mr. Uchino was constantly training workers, attending meetings and writing reports when not on the production line. Toyota treated almost all that time as voluntary and unpaid. So did the Toyota Labour Standards Inspection Offi ce, part of the Labour Ministry. But the court ruled that the long hours were an integral part of his job. On 14 December the government decided not to appeal against the verdict.
The word “karoshi” in Japanese literally means “death from overwork”. The major medical causes of karoshi deaths are heart attack and stroke due to stress. The fi rst reported case of karoshi was in 1969 when a 29-year-old male worker at the shipping department of Japan ’ s largest newspaper company, died of a stroke. But it was not until the later part of the 1980s, when several high-ranking executives, still in their prime, suddenly died without any previous sign of illness, that the media began picking up on what appeared to be a new phenomenon. This new phenomenon was quickly labelled “karoshi” and was immediately seen as a new and serious menace for people in the workforce.
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