Sunday, October 8, 2017

What Would You Sacrifice For Your Career?

Many women would sacrifice spending time with their husbands and children, it appears, but the two mentioned in this Guardian article went well beyond and above the call of economic duty and sacrificed their lives for it:

Miwa Sado, who worked at the broadcaster’s headquarters in Tokyo, logged 159 hours of overtime and took only two days off in the month leading up to her death from heart failure in July 2013...

Matsuri Takahashi was 24 when she killed herself in April 2015. Labour standards officials ruled that her death had been caused by stress brought on by long working hours. Takahashi had been working more than a 100 hours’ overtime in the months before her death.
Weeks before she died on Christmas Day 2015, she posted on social media: “I want to die.” Another message read: “I’m physically and mentally shattered.”

It used to be that men joked about dying at work, now there are women doing it. Young women at that. Well, it's Japan so may be, they had no choice. Luckily, we still do...


  1. Goodness, this is terrible. It practically seems inevitable that when a woman is employed in an occupation, something usually suffers, and it's almost always her home/family life.

  2. I know someone to whom it happened irl. She was a very successful career woman and suffered a massive stroke after coming to work sick with flu. She was not yet 40. She didn't die but she's paralysed, can't walk, can't talk etc. It's tragic...