2007年11月30日 星期五

過勞死

overwork as “karoshi”


Japan ordered to pay compensation for death from overwork

Associated Press

TOKYO — A court in central Japan has ordered the government to pay compensation to a woman who argued that her husband died from overwork at Toyota Motor Corp.

The woman's lawyer says Kenichi Uchino had been putting in long hours while working as a middle manager at a Toyota factory.

The lawyer says Mr. Uchino worked 80 hours of overtime a month for the last six months before his death, and had logged 114 extra hours the month he died.

He collapsed at work and died in February, 2002, at age 30.

The lawyer says Mr. Uchino's wife filed the suit after a local Labour Ministry office rejected applications for worker's compensation benefits she filed after her husband's death.

But a court official says Friday's ruling orders the government to reverse the decision and pay compensation. There were no details as to how much she would receive.

Death from overwork, known as “karoshi” in Japanese, has steadily increased since the government first recognized it in 1987.

The government acknowledged 147 cases of death from overwork from 303 applications in the year ending in March, 2007, according to ministry figures.

Toyota, which was not involved in the suit, said the company was not in a position to comment.



overwork Show phonetics
verb [I or T]
to (cause someone to) work too much:
You look exhausted - I hope they're not overworking you.

overworked Show phonetics
adjective
1 having to work too much:
an overworked civil servant
I'm overworked and underpaid.

2 used to describe language that has been used too much and has lost its meaning:
The article was full of overworked expressions.

overwork Show phonetics
noun [U]
He was made ill by overwork (= working too much).



over・work

━━ vt. 過度に働かせる[使用する]; …に手をかけすぎる.
━━ vi. 働きすぎる.
━━ n. 過労; 超過勤務.


過労死 【かろうし】

業務上などの過重な精神的・肉体的負担が原因となって,心筋梗塞(こうそく)や脳卒中などで急死すること。
過労自殺

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