https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todocat

Random Japanese Fact of the Day Prt.40

A large part of the Japanese population works for horrifically long hours increasing the number of deaths due to excessive work. Most of these people either commit suicide due to sheer pressure and stress, and many fall prey to strokes. The term “karoshi”, which literally means “death by overwork,” was coined in the 1970s as the number of deaths due to working for extended hours was increasing rapidly.Some of the victims of karoshi were working as much 110 hours a week, and some for over 4,000 hours a year. As horrible as it sounds, these people were between the age group of 25-60. There was a nurse who died of a heart attack because she had done a 32-hour shift five times in that month.The main reason for overworking is attributed to Japan’s exponential growth and development without enough working population. Also, the economic recessions resulted in staff cutbacks, without decreasing work, resulting in extreme pressure on the workers.

July 1, 2019

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuwaydaAtH

Now I'm scared of karoshi. On the other hand, beautifully written post. Learning a bit more about Japan every single day. ^-^

I found an article online about a man dying from overwork. Here's the link: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/man-dies-overwork-japan-after-14239382

July 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoshSellsGuns

That is incredibly interesting and incredibly grim! Heard they also have a hikikomori issue going on there right now, too. What a crazy juxtaposition of circumstances. And here I am complaining about my occasional overtime weeks ha.

July 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todocat

Yeah, I wrote about that in Random Japanese Fact of the Day Prt.25 ^-^ as problematic as it is, it's very interesting

July 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WADIYA_PRESIDENT

here linggot again for you !

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ParkJimin307567

That is intense!

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sleek777

Fat of the day?

July 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todocat

Thank you so much! I never would have noticed that if you hadn't said something! ^-^ Really sorry...

July 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoshSellsGuns

Are you able to edit titles here? Or did you simply resubmit

July 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todocat

I edited

July 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Rac00n

I like this thing you do. I taught you would stop by now. How long do you think of keeping this as a thing

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todocat

As long as there is at least one person who reads these, I will always make more. My reason for doing these is to spread information about Japan to as many people as I can, so I won't be stopping for some time. ^-^

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuwaydaAtH

Yeah. Saw that.

July 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AkeemBurgh

how do you guys learn the kanjis is all I am asking? I can't differentiate one from the other, but I do love the language

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TobiLynn

If you click on one on the levels like "Introduction 1" When the little rectangle shows up, don't press start, instead press the button that looks like a light bulb, and it'll take you to to a page called duolingo notes, where it shows you kanji characters. I usually copy & Paste them onto a google doc, so I can study them for a bit.

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuraviNAYA1

Is it ‘sheer pressure’ or ‘peer pressure’?

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuraviNAYA1

On the second line.

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Rac00n

sheer pressure. as in the general pressure, no one is "directly" pressuring them (peer pressure)

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TobiLynn

Peer Pressure is when someone is pushing you to do something SHEAR Pressure has something to do with skin.

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoshSellsGuns

shearing is like shaving, like you shear sheep wool. sheer is an emphasis word, meant to give the idea that the pressure was immense.

July 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuraviNAYA1

Got it! Thanks everyone.

July 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruby360784

110 hours a week?????? Oh my goodness...

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seattle_Scott

Monday is the busiest day for suicide by jumping in front of trains. I've been on trains when this happened. People get pissed, and everyone immediately gets on their cell phone to tell someone they'll be late because of a train suicide. if there's one thing worse than killing yourself, it's being late for work because someone else did.

July 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoshSellsGuns

I wouldn't say that being late for work is worse than dying personally, but hey different strokes.

July 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kjlllam1

Where can I find all other "Random Japanese Fact" post?

July 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todocat

Hmm... I'm not sure why Part.24 can't be found, the only place I can find it is in my followed section, did it get deleted?

July 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoshSellsGuns

Unsure. If you have the link, feel free to post it and I'll add it in. Or you can take this index and post the entire thing so others can find it :p

July 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Party_Poison

... 8(|

July 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Party_Poison

If I was overworked like that I WOULD KAROSHI too! It is very sad that things go out of hand like this! Slavery, Karoshi... It is very sad and I wish I could help with matters like this because it is out-of-hand... :=(

July 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Party_Poison

Gave 5 lingots

July 3, 2019
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