The negative effects of working overtime are a hot topic nowadays, and the Japanese government is taking action to reduce overtime.
In 2001, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan issued a notice detailing criteria for determining cerebrovascular disease and ischemic heart disease, which pointed out the link between overtime work and health problems. Then in February 2002, the Ministry issued comprehensive guidelines for preventing health problems caused by overwork, which were passed into law in April 2006, and measures were then outlined to be taken by business operators.
Japan's Act on the Promotion of Measures to Prevent Death from Overwork, etc., went into force in November 2014, based upon which a cabinet decision set forth the Framework on Measures to Prevent Death from Overwork, etc., on July 24, 2015. On January 20, 2017, the Ministry issued new guidelines regarding measures that employers should take to properly monitor working hours. Additionally, the Japanese government is promoting "work style reforms" aimed at changing labor customs in Japan and improving working conditions. These changes highlight the urgent need to address overtime work through stronger measures.
Ahead of these changes, Sony has been implementing health consultations for employees who work overtime since April 2004, as part of its efforts to address overtime and employee health. Sony is comprehensively dedicated to promoting the health of its employees and preventing health problems.