Karoshi, literally translated from Japanese as “death from overwork” is occupational sudden death. The primary medical causes of karoshi deaths are heart attack and stroke (stress induced).

The phenomenon had scared Japan’s workforce during the economic boom of the late 1980s and early ’90s, has returned to haunt workers once again – prompting resurging awareness and recent cause for alarm.

Depicted in this video is a battery-powered robot that symbolizes the Asian economic crash as well as Japan’s rigid “salaryman” culture. It is a piece of performance art from artist Momoyo Torimitsu, shown on display in Sydney Australia. The piece is entitled, “Miyata Jiro”.

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