A drone that blares a “closing” song will soon hover above employees who work late in Japan, forcing them to go home and finally give themselves much-needed rest.
Unveiled on December 7, “T-Frend” will buzz over late-working employees and blast “Auld Lang Syne,” a Scottish tune used in Japan to announce that a store is closing.
A Japanese woman who was found dead in her bed in 2013, reportedly holding her smartphone, after excessively working now has citizens concerned about Japan’s grueling work ethic.
Most workplaces in Japan embrace work so much that employees often succumb to what the country refers to as karoshi, or “overwork death.”
Working long hours in Japan is nothing unusual but the fact that it is rapidly becoming the new norm in the country’s modern society sparks concern from people who recognize the problem attached to overworking yourself.
In Japan, karoshi means death from overwork, which is exactly what will happen to many Japanese young professional if they do not realize the dangers of working past their body’s maximum capacity.