On any given week the streets of Marunouchi, Otemachi, Hibiya and Ginza are lined with collapsed people, slumped against stairs and drooping by walls. These are not the homeless or drunks - but overworked businessmen and women that have passed out on the streets due to a lack of sleep or too many hours of overtime. This is the modern world and at its exhausted heart the blight of Karoshi – literally death by overwork. A new survey by the US software giant, Workday, has revealed that contrary to Japan`s traditional lifetime employment practice, 23% of employees plan to leave their current job within a year because of work-related stress and unhappiness in their current positions. Our images helped Workday the bigger question for Japan is not how to heal the scars of a work culture that has endured for half a century - but how technology could conceal Karoshi to where it belongs, history.
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