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karoshi

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Pronunciation: /kaˈrəʊʃi
 
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Definition of karoshi in English:

noun

[mass noun]
(In Japan) death caused by overwork or job-related exhaustion: [as modifier]: karoshi victims
More example sentences
  • Newly released karoshi figures from Japan's Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry, covering 2002, show a record 317 deaths that were directly attributable to long hours in the office.
  • A conservative estimate puts the number of karoshi cases in Japan at 10,000, though the real figure may be nearer 30,000 and some even say 50,000.
  • The jump was due largely to a redefinition of karoshi to encompass up to six months of accumulated work-related stress and fatigue instead of the previous standard of just one week.

Origin

Japanese, from ka 'excess' + 'labour' + shi 'death'.

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