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Friday, June 26, 2009

Day 462 { Overworking In Japan May Cause Death / Toyota Back To Its Roots } Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Day 462 { Overworking In Japan May Cause Death / Toyota Back To Its Roots }

Today my friend treated me to dinner at a nearby restaurant. And we chatted for a good little while about all sort of stuff. So I ended up not going to the Wednesday English conversation. Saw this cute little baby and her mom in the restaurant who was trying to speak English to me and my friend. Outside of this, my day was pretty bland.

Overworking In Japan May Cause Death

Thirty-four people involved in training programs for non-Japanese died in fiscal 2008, up 13 from the previous year and marking a record high, according to a survey by a government-linked training body.

The leading causes of death were brain and heart disease, which claimed 16 lives, while five trainees were killed in work-related accidents and four died in traffic accidents. Supporters of foreign trainees said they suspect many of the deaths blamed on brain and heart disorders were actually the result of overwork.

The Japan International Training Cooperation Organization, which conducted the survey, said the 34 who died were mostly in their 20s and 30s and that the ratio of brain and heart disease was roughly double that of Japanese in the same age bracket. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20090624f2.html

Toyota Back To Its Roots

Toyota shareholders Tuesday approved the appointment of the company founder's grandson Akio Toyoda as new president, hoping that reaching back to the family roots will help steer the automaker out of its worst crisis ever.

More than 3,300 shareholders — a record — packed a hall at Toyota Motor Corp. headquarters and showed their approval of the 29 new directors by applauding. The new board is staffed mostly by company executives and directors, including Toyoda.

He faces the daunting task of reviving the world's largest automaker, which lost ¥436.9 billion in the fiscal year ended in March, its worst loss since it was founded in 1937. The company expects an even larger loss this year.


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