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Japan introduces Premium Friday in an effort to stop death by overwork

Japan introduces “Premium Friday” in an effort to stop death by overwork

This segment originally aired Feb. 27, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO. 

The Japanese government recently launched “Premium Friday,” a campaign to stimulate consumer spending and combat long working hours by encouraging businesses to let their employees off a couple hours earlier on the last Friday of every month. VICE News witnessed the first-ever Premium Friday, and the government’s efforts to reduce the phenomenon of Karoshi, or death by overwork.

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