Japanese Overworked

When Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi had a stroke and fell into a coma last month, many observers blamed his hard work habits. Obuchi had only taken three days off in the past two years. Japanese officials worry that Japan's famed long hours and hard work habits are taking a toll on Japan's health, in some cases, leading to death by overwork. Stress-reducing activities are becoming popular now, as Japanese workers, struggling with a recession, are feeling more nervous than ever. NPR's Eric Weiner reports from Tokyo.



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