Sachiko Kudo, widow of former Japanese teacher Yoshio Kudo who died of overwork, at her home in Machida, a city in the greater Tokyo area. Photo: AFP
Sachiko Kudo, widow of former Japanese teacher Yoshio Kudo who died of overwork, at her home in Machida, a city in the greater Tokyo area. Photo: AFP
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In Japan, schoolteachers on verge of reaching breaking point confront overworking culture

  • Schoolteachers in the country work an average 123 hours of overtime each month, resulting in dozens of deaths from overwork
  • Some have challenged the culture through lawsuits, saying if conditions don’t improve, ‘the image of our profession as ‘black’ will dominate for younger generations’

Sachiko Kudo, widow of former Japanese teacher Yoshio Kudo who died of overwork, at her home in Machida, a city in the greater Tokyo area. Photo: AFP
Sachiko Kudo, widow of former Japanese teacher Yoshio Kudo who died of overwork, at her home in Machida, a city in the greater Tokyo area. Photo: AFP
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