Brutal hours aren’t just for salarymen: Japanese monk sues temple for overwork

Source: The Washington Post

Brutally long working hours are not just the preserve of Japanese office workers and laborers. Now, a Buddhist monk who works at a temple on the famed Mount Koya is suing his employers over his heavy workload, saying the early starts and late nights have made him depressed.

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The 46-year-old monk has been unable to work for the past two years and is now seeking $78,000 in damages.

“The problem with working at a temple is that there’s no work-hour management and there are no records on how many hours the man actually worked,” his lawyer, Noritake Shirakura, told The Washington Post. He declined to name his client or make him available for an interview, citing his depression.

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Categories: Asia, Japan, The Muslim Times

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