Monday, August 16, 2010

“No More Karoshi! Ryu Foundation” award ceremony – With 130 people

The “No More Karoshi! Ryu Foundation” held the 4th Ceremony of the Nakajima Tomio Award in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo on August 1, 2010. The foundation gave the Nakajima Award of this year to Teranishi Emiko, who filed suit against the Japanese government for the disclosure of names of companies whose employees have died from overwork (President of the National Association for Bereaved Families of Karoshi Victims, center in the photo. Karoshi: Death from overwork). The venue was filled with 130 people partly thanks to a commemorative speech by Utsunomiya Kenji, the president of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and the Anti-Poverty Campaign. Before the start of the award ceremony, all the participants offered a silent prayer to the photos of Nakajima Tomio, who was husband of Nakajima Haruka (right in the photo of this report), the president of the Ryu Foundation, and died from karoshi in 2004 when he was a store manager of Skylark, a family restaurant chain, and of Maesawa Takayuki, who was a son of Maesawa Emiko (left), the vice president of the foundation, and also died from karoshi in 2007 when he was a contract store manager of the same restaurant chain. (Suda Mitsuteru)

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