Long-awaited words. Toyota Motor Corp. chairman Akio Toyoda apologized to the family of one of his employees on Tuesday, February 1. The latter had sued the company after the employee’s suicide in 2010, recognized as being linked to overtime and workplace harassment, we learn in Bloomberg.
Toyota has also pledged to investigate this matter to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. “We are now trying to create a more transparent work environment that makes it easier for people to express their opinions, as well as to free management from power harassment, so that every employee can work without fear”the president said in a statement.
In 2020, the Japanese government received 2,835 complaints of death due to overwork, or “karoshi” or, literally, “death from overwork”. May Toyota’s recognition change practices and save lives.