Distributor:  MediaStorm
Length:  10 minutes
Date:  2014
Genre:  Essayistic
Language:  Japanese / English subtitles
Grade level: 7-12, college, adults
Color/BW:  Color
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Overworked to Suicide

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After the recession of the 1990s, Japan’s white collar salarymen increasingly must work arduous hours for fear of losing their jobs. This often leads to depression and suicide.

Overworked to Suicide

Kinmi Ohashi, 60, lost her husband to suicide in 2009. After the recession of the 1990s, Japan’s salarymen have increasingly had to work arduous hours for fear of losing their jobs. This has often led to feelings of depression, something that is still stigmatized in Japan. Many hide their suffering from coworkers and even family members, exacerbating their loneliness and often ending in suicide, which has unfortunately become widespread among white collar workers.

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Awards

Emmy Year: 2015 Place: Nominee Category: New Approaches: Current News Coverage World Press Photo Multimedia Year: 2015 Place: 3rd Category: Long Feature

Citation

Main credits

Fukada, Shiho (film director)
Fukada, Shiho (photographer)
Fukada, Shiho (videographer)
Maierson, Eric (film producer)

Other credits

Photography & video, Shiho Fukada.


Distributor credits

Shiho Fukada

Director, Photography and Video, Producer: Shiho Fukada
Editor and Producer: Eric Maierson
Associate Producer: Arkasha Stevenson
Graphics: Joe Fuller
Executive Producer: Brian Storm

Docuseek2 subjects

Suicide and Suicide Prevention
Japan
Work
Occupational Health and Safety
Sociology
Cultural Anthropology
Stress

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies, Japan, Labor studies, Psychology, sociology, economic anthropology, cultural anthropology, urban studies, suicide, family issues, depression, grief and recovery
Expository
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