Wife sues company for death of husband from overwork
A widow has filed a lawsuit with the Okayama District Court claiming about 63 million yen in damages from her husband’s employer for making him work excessive hours of overtime and causing his death in April 2002. In the suit, the woman says her husband died at 57 after being forced to work 200 hours of overtime every month for 18 years. In December 2002, a labor ministry office in Kagawa Prefecture determined that the man died of overwork.
The number of cases of ‘karoshi’ or death from overwork has jumped to record highs in recent years.