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More than 1 in 5 Japanese companies had workers at risk of death from overwork

Death from overwork remains a problem in Japan.

TOKYO -- Over 22% of surveyed businesses in Japan had workers whose monthly overtime exceeded 80 hours, the threshold at which the risk of death from overwork becomes significant, according to a recent government survey.

The results of the health ministry survey, conducted on about 10,000 companies and some 20,000 workers, were revealed on Friday in the first white paper digging into the risk of death from overwork.

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