Karoshi: Death by Overwork

Kelly Ross

Grammar — Advanced Level
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Karoshi, which can be translated literally from the Japanese as "overwork death", is occupational sudden mortality. The term 'karoshi' was invented in 1978 to refer to an increasing number of people suffering from fatal strokes and heart attacks attributed to overwork. As well as physical pressure, mental stress from the workplace can cause karoshi. People who commit suicide due to mental stress are called 'karojisatsu'.

Overworking has been found to have a negative effect on families as well. Men who become too busy with their jobs think less about their family. There is high family depression as a result. These men are often less involved in family life as they continue to overwork and see the family as something that is keeping them from work. This, in turn, fosters resentment toward the family.
Source: Wikipedia
  1. Symptoms of karoshi can turn   suddenly and without warning

  2. It is difficult for some workers to turn   over time when it is offered to them

  3. Employers do not turn   workers who wish to work longer hours for little or no pay

  4. Without realizing it, overworked people let their jobs take   their lives

  5. Overworked people think their families are taking them   from their jobs

  6. Given the opportunity to work or go on vacation, overworked people will opt not to take  

  7. It is important to take   enjoyable activities that are good for ones health in addition to working

  8. When considering how many people suffer strokes due to work-related stress, there could turn   to be more potential victims of karoshi than originally believed


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  1. Do you think working too much is beneficial or harmful for a person? Why?

  2. Have you ever dealt with a stressful work or school-related task? What caused it?

  3. When you feel stressed or anxious about something, what do you do to calm yourself down?

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