"Stress at work" in English law: a Japanese perspective

Onishi, Hiroko (2010) "Stress at work" in English law: a Japanese perspective. Professional Negligence, 26(3), pp. 140-148. ISSN (print) 1746-6709


Discusses, in the context of a comparison with Japanese jurisprudence, the potential actionability of suicide resulting from occupational stress as a form of employer's negligence. Outlines the English framework and characteristics of cases dealing with "stress at work", referring to salient case law. Examines the Japanese work ethic and the "workaholic" nature of Japanese employees, looking at the concepts of "karo-shi", or death from overwork, and "karo-jisatsu", or suicide induced by overwork. Considers the scope of Japanese jurisprudence's ability to provide remedies for the latter concept. Comments on possible lessons for English law in such cases.

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