Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga personally emailed 100,000 employees recently urging them not to work past 8 PM. Japanese work culture is notorious for overworking employees leading to “Karoshi” (death from overwork). Japanese labour ministry started probing at the fact after the death of Matsuri Takahashi in December, 2015. Working for Japanese advertising company Dentsu, Matsuri had clocked over 100 hours of overtime per month in her 7 month employment with the company.
Panasonic among the few Japanese companies who have actively supported positive work-life balance. It had abolished 6-day work week system in 1965 while most companies carried on with the same system till 1980s. Other companies in Japan have also started reviewing their overtime policies. Daiwa Securities Group recently changed their policies to prevent working after 7 PM. Hygiene company Unicharm has banned overtime after 10 PM.