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French baker fined for ‘working too hard’

PARIS: A French baker was fined for working ‘round the clock to keep his bakery open seven days’ in violation of labour rules. In France, everyone is required to take a day off per week. Even if you run your own business. That lesson was learned the hard way by Cedric Vaivre, who owns a bakery in the tourist region of Lake Bakey in Lusigny-sur-Barse, which is about 120 miles south-east of Paris. Cédric Vaivre, 41, has been slapped with a €3000 ($4736) fine after his bakery in Lusigny-sur-Barse in northeast France, was…

Japanese reporter died after 159 hours of overtime

TOKYO: Japan's public broadcaster apologised Friday to the parents of a young Japanese reporter who died of heart failure after logging 159 hours of overtime 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. "The president met the parents at their home in the morning and apologised," an NHK spokesman told AFP. A government inquest a year after Japanese reporter death ruled that it was linked to…

Death by overwork: Japan’s 100-hour overtime cap sparks anger

TOKYO: Workaholic Japan has unveiled its first-ever plan to limit overtime, but critics want to give it the boot, saying an "outrageous" 100-hour-a-month cap will do nothing to tackle karoshi, or death from overwork. Tokyo's bid to ease a national health crisis comes after the top executive at advertising giant Dentsu quit late last year in response to the suicide of a young employee who regularly logged more than 100 hours of overtime a month. The death of Matsuri Takahashi generated nationwide headlines, prompting the…