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New law could worsen Japan's long working hours

Bill exempts employees earning over 10.75 million yen a year from work-hour rules

While the popular image of Japanese salarymen toiling long hours for the company before taking the last train home is changing, many still spend far more hours in the office than counterparts in other modern economies.


JAPAN'S push to take away overtime from high-paid workers has critics warning that it will aggravate a problem synonymous with the country's notoriously long working hours - karoshi, or death from overwork.

Teruyuki Yamashita knows the risks all too well. The now 53-year-old