Francisco Areas adds us, that according to the National Council for defense of the victims of karoshi, constituted by a group of lawyers mainly in Tokyo, the problem affects all groups of workers. Cases of death have occurred in all types of industries, from assembly plants for cars up to banks and fast food restaurants. The Council considers that the basic cause of these deaths are to be found in the business management of the Japanese system and rejects suggestions that the workers themselves are responsible for his death. An important factor to succumb to the karoshi is the excessive number of hours of work. Japanese workers work 400 hours more than the French and Germans. A report of the Council, made a few years ago, already pointed out the need for measures that put remedy to excessive physical and mental stress. Apart from the long working hours many Japanese workers have to travel long distances between your home and workplace, so many hours of work must be added a good number of hours to go and return to work. In a recent case of death by overwork of a specialist in computers, the family has denounced that the week prior to his death had worked 71.5 hours, of which more than 30s were overtime.
Different reported cases present different characteristics, but, in general, have in common the idea that a fatigue or a growing stress by excessive hours, night work, excessive load of work, etc., have fatally led to infarction or cerebral hemorrhage. In all these cases, unfortunately, arguably its last hour was also extraordinary. A spokesman for Ministry of health criticized the fact that many Japanese are working under heavy pressure and required them results without receiving sufficient support from the company in return.On the other hand, during the past fiscal year 819 workers sought financial compensation from the Government because of mental problems stemming from overwork, representing an increase of 25 percent over the statistics for the previous fiscal year. Finally 205 of these claims were approved, 61 percent more that in the exercise of 2005.El Japanese Government acknowledged for the first time in 1992 that it is possible die for lack of rest from labor obligations, giving rise to the term karoshi that became synonymous with the world of death by overwork. In China, Mandarin is known as guolaosi, death from overwork, affects mainly liberal professionals aged between 30 and 60 years. According to a survey by the China Association of management of clinical laboratories, computer specialists and young executives – the Guild of Zhongguancun – are more likely to die of karoshi.Journalists, stock brokers, insurance, taxi drivers, traffic officers, agents follow them commercial, lawyers and professors, in a dizzying pace of life and strong pressures that have accompanied them since the beginning of their careers, the study concludes.Although the Chinese labour law sets a maximum of eight hours a day working, overtime hours tend to be compulsory in many sectors, where the system of promotion or removal obliges employees to work harder on their own initiative in the case of West, in our countries is not as dramatic as in the East, however, there are other factors that have influenced the lives of workers, as in domestic relations, in where many divorces the work product, where many are fully integrated to it, affecting the family, its commitments and becoming a work addict, an addiction that has also affected many in their health, in their habits, personality, behavior manifested.