Karoshi – death with thousand cuts

The term Karoshi was first coined in the 1970s during Japan’s postwar era of rapid economic growth. “Doctors were beginning to see a number of employees who seemed healthy otherwise simply dropping dead,” said Scott North, a sociology professor at Osaka University. “They put their knowledge of cardiovascular diseases together with the situation they were seeing to infer that it was overwork that was killing these people.”  It is a common phenomenon, in Japan, to see workers dying due to overwork. A Japanese worker died after clocking 159 overtime hours. These are beyond the normal 40 hours prescribed by the International Labor Law.

Guolaosi – a similar Chinese term for overwork.

Body System Effect from Overwork


Could All Work and No Play Hurt Your Health?

All work and no play is not good for you

The Effects Of All Work And No Play

Harvard Health links below

Stress (Harvard)

Only the overworked die young

The Science of Sleep

The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies

The Alarming, Long-Term Consequences of Workplace Stress

Sleep & Stress

The Biology of Sleep

Sleeping Pills & Natural Sleep Aids

Master the Skill of Quick Stress Relief

Why Your Workplace Might Be Killing You

NPR/RWJF/Harvard School of Public Health Poll Finds Health Most Common Major Stressful Event in Americans’ Lives Last Year

Harvard Doctor Debunks ‘Bad Science’ Behind 12-Step Programs

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