Beautiful Japanese reporter dies after 159 hours of overtime
The President of Japanese Broadcaster NHK offered a public apology on Friday to the family of a 31-year-old reporter who died in 2013 after logging 159 hours of overtime with only two days off in a month.
NHK reporter Miwa Sado, 31, who had been covering political news in Tokyo, was found dead in her bed in July 2013, reportedly clutching her mobile phone.
According to reports, a government inquest a year after her death ruled that it was linked to excessive overtime. She had taken two days off in the month before she died.
In a statement by the NHK’s president, Ryoichi Ueda, he apologized to Sado’s family and also pledged to improve work conditions at the broadcast station.
“We are sorry that we lost an excellent reporter and take seriously the fact that her death was recognized as work-related,” President Ryoichi Ueda said, adding that “We will continue to work for reform in cooperation with her parents,” he told reporters.