We've all heard of the stressful life of the Japanese Salaryman but this story takes it to the extreme.
Officials say Japanese man died of overwork
Toyota car engineer regularly worked 80 hours of overtime per month
A Japanese labor bureau has ruled that one of Toyota's top car engineers died from working too many hours, the latest in a string of such findings in a nation where extraordinarily long hours for some employees has long been the norm.
He was only 45 years old when he died in 2006. He was the lead engineer in developing a hybrid version of Toyota's blockbuster Camry line. One of the side effects in the effort to stop global warming I guess, overworked Japanese engineers dying from heart attacks.
It's an interesting ruling because I have never heard of anything like this in America. It would never happen in American courts I think because it would be ruled virtually impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the workers death was caused by overwork rather then some other cause.
Even if he didn't smoke and he was realatively healthy, it would seem that there is no way to prove that he didn't die for some other reason. It's not like every single worker that works 80 hours of overtime keels over and dies. Maybe he was unable to handle stress as well as others. Just another reason it seems amazing that a court would give this ruling.
I'm surprised that this type of case would pass muster in a country such as Japan that is much less letigious then the United States.
Here is another interesting article about this story from the Washington Post.