Work-life balance could be a matter of life and death

Last year, labor officials in Japan announced that a 31-year-old employee had died from being overworked. Officials reported that the employee had worked 159 hours of overtime during the month prior to her death, and concluded she died from heart failure caused by the long hours on the job.

Japan has long struggled to get a handle on the impact that the severe work hours and work culture have on employee health. A 2016 Japanese government study revealed that one in five workers is at risk of working…

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