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Japanese reporter died after clocking 159 hours of overtime


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

Japan’s public broadcaster has revealed that one of its reporters died from overwork.


NHK said that labor officials had concluded that the 31-year-old political reporter died from heart failure caused by spending long hours on the job.


A government study published last year found that one in five workers is at risk of working themselves to death.


According to a news story published by NHK, Miwa Sado had worked 159 hours of overtime in the month before her death.


The circumstances of Sado’s death in 2013 had not been made public until this week.


NHK said it was taking the death of its employee very seriously. The broadcaster has pledged to reform the way its reporters work.


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