Following outcry over the suicide of an overworked 24-year-old female employee last Dec 25, major Japanese advertising agency Dentsu's Tokyo head office has begun ordering office lights out at 10 p.m. in an effort to limit excessive overtime.
At exactly 10 p.m. on Monday, all lights at the head office were switched off at once, Sankei Shimbun reported. Dentsu has been under intense scrutiny since employee Matsuri Takahashi jumped to her death from her fourth-floor room in the company dorm. Last month, Tokyo’s Labor Standards Inspection Bureau ruled the death a case of “karoshi” (death from overwork) – effectively implicating Dentsu. Other similar cases of excessive overtime have been revealed one after another.
As part of Dentsu’s labor management reform, the Tokyo head office and other affiliated buildings will switch off lights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to encourage their employees to head home.© Japan Today