A government study on death from overwork, also called “karoshi,” says that close to half the country’s workers aren’t getting enough sleep.
While some nations mandate time off between shifts, Japan doesn’t - and a study of five countries from RAND Europe found that Japan’s sleepy workers are dragging down productivity and costing the country 2.9 percent of GDP, or an annual $138 billion.
Some companies are instituting minimum time-off requirements for workers, and Japan’s government is setting aside $3.5 million to incentivize others to give it a rest.
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