‘Dying of overwork’: Japanese teachers fight for change

In one of his latest journal entries, Japanese professor Yoshio Kudo bemoaned workdays that started early and could last until nearly midnight. Two months later, he suffered “karoshi” – death from overwork. Kudo’s taxing schedule was no exception in Japan, where teachers work some of the longest hours in the world, burdened with tasks ranging from cleaning and supervising school trips to staffing after-school clubs.

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