Over 500 Employees in Japan Suffer Work-Caused Mental Illness

From Jiji Press

July 6th 2018

Tokyo – The number of employees in Japan who were officially recognized as suffering from work-caused depression and other mental disorders exceeded 500 for the first time ever in fiscal 2017, the labor ministry said Friday.

The total stood at 506, up eight from the preceding year, the ministry said in a report on compensation for work-related injuries in fiscal 2017, which ended in March.

Of the total, those who committed or attempted to commit suicide numbered 98, up 14 from fiscal 2016 and the next highest to 99 in fiscal 2014, the ministry said.

The number of people who attributed work quality and quantity, such as long work hours, to their disorders rose by five to 154 and that of those blaming workplace personal relations, including harassment by bosses, increased by 12 to 112.

“Countermeasures should be taken now,” a ministry official in charge of work-related diseases said.

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