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Japan introduces “Premium Friday” in an effort to stop death by overwork

The Japanese government recently launched "Premium Friday," a campaign to stimulate consumer spending and combat long working hours by encouraging businesses to let their employees off a couple hours earlier on the last Friday of every month.

This segment originally aired Feb. 27, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

The Japanese government recently launched “Premium Friday,” a campaign to stimulate consumer spending and combat long working hours by encouraging businesses to let their employees off a couple hours earlier on the last Friday of every month. VICE News witnessed the first-ever Premium Friday, and the government’s efforts to reduce the phenomenon of Karoshi, or death by overwork.