Karoshi – The hidden killer working overtime in Japan

Thirty-one-year-old Jiang Xiaodong died screaming in the night a long way from home.

His two roommates, also young Chinese men who left their homeland for the dream of a better future in wealthy Japan, woke in the early hours of June 6, 2008, to see their coworker and friend dying in his bed. When an ambulance arrived 15 minutes later at the small dorm in Itako City, Ibaraki Prefecture, where the men lived, Jiang was already dead.

The autopsy that followed concluded Jiang had died of sudden heart failure, yet there was no apparent cause.

Read the rest of the story: Dying to work: Japan Inc.’s foreign trainees.

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