A record number of Japanese people literally worked themselves to death last year despite a government campaign to ease the country's notorious office hours.
About 355 workers fell severely ill or died from overwork in the year to March, the highest figure on record and 7,6 percent up from the previous year, the ministry of health, welfare and labour said.
Of the total, 147 people died, many from strokes or heart attacks.
Death from overwork grew so common during Japan's post-World War 2 economic miracle that a word was coined for it, "karoshi".
The government has tried to address the problem by promoting telecommuting and encouraging workers to take leave when they start families or need to care for elderly parents.