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Japan's Bid to Stop 'Death by Overwork' Seen Falling Short

  • Labor advocates say planned overtime limits not strict enough
  • Work issues contributed to more than 2,000 suicides in 2015
Pedestrians walk cross an intersection in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised to change the way Japan works, including cutting the notoriously long hours that can lead to illness and death. His biggest effort so far is getting a poor grade.

A plan completed by the government last month, and expected to become law, doesn’t go far enough in establishing limits to protect workers from karoshi, or death by overwork, according to labor advocates and economists.