David Blecken
Oct 5, 2017

NHK admits overwork caused the death of a reporter in 2013

Another Japanese media institution reveals a dangerously unhealthy working environment.

The NHK building in Tokyo

NHK is facing a PR crisis similar to that which has engulfed Dentsu for the past year after it admitted that extreme working conditions led to the death of one of its reporters.

Yesterday’s admission by Japan’s national broadcaster follows a ruling by a labour standards office in May 2014 that the employee, Miwa Sado, died due to working 159 hours of overtime with just two days off in the course of a month. Sado,...

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