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Japanese Firm Bans Employees From Working After 10 P.M. After Overworked Employee Commits Suicide

After the high profile suicide of one of their employees reportedly due to overwork last December, Japanese advertising and PR agency Dentsu began implementing new policies to improve its working conditions.

Female employee Matsuri Takahashi reportedly committed suicide due to “emotional and mental difficulties of dealing with her workload”. The firm has now officially implemented a 10 p.m. “lights out, no work policy” at the Dentsu’s corporate headquarters in Tokyo effective last Monday, Oct. 24. Earlier this month, the company also reduced the amount of allowable overtime their employees can take per month, according to RocketNews24.