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Overworked to 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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Main credits

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

Other credits

Photography & video, Shiho Fukada.

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


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