Deadly Obsessions: Cultural Influences Behind Karoshi
Keywords:Japan, karoshi, karojisatsu, death due to overwork, work ethics
Karoshi and karojisatsu are medico-social phenomena observed in Japan comprise of people either killing themselves, or dying from having intense health deterioration due to overwork. It’s mostly known in the context of this county, but the bulk of this research in the topic surrounds its link to long working hours rather its potential socio-cultural roots. This study focuses on providing a clear panoramic view of the phenomenon (what it is, who does it affect and how has it progressed through time), followed by a cross-cultural comparison of the phenomena to look for cultural influence in its manifestation. Following a secondary source, qualitative format this study makes a case for how some cultures are more susceptible to this kind of incidents than others.
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