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Grueling hours common at Japan Inc., report finds

Companies blame demanding customers, shortage of workers

TOKYO -- One in five Japanese companies say they have employees that clock over 80 hours of overtime a month, according to a recent government report on the problem of karoshi, or death from overwork.

Karoshi is once again in the spotlight in Japan, highlighted by the taskmaster mentality that triggered an exodus of workers at restaurant operator Zensho Holdings and the recent suicide of a new employee at ad agency Dentsu.

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