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Karōshi and ‘Black’ Labor
Site administrator Yi Tenjiku
Operation start June 1, 2017
URL https://tjgig.com
Goal/Purpose To not further increase the number of people suffering due to their job

#BUZZGO Editor-in-chief /  Yi Tenjiku
Photo by( koh_kira)

Job: Online media creator


A term literately translates to ‘overwork death’ in English. Karōshi is related to the current social problem in Japan where physical and phycological effects from overworking takes a toll on the worker leading to death.

Black labor

A term for business practices that exploits employees by including forced overwork, under payment, and harassments. Companies that practice black labor is also referred to as ‘black companies’.

The reason why I created #BUZZGO

I lost my cousin due to karōshi on June 22, 2017.

Although there were some conflicts, I’ve received advices from so many people through my post about my cousin’s death. I appreciate this support from the bottom of my heart.


One month after the death of my cousin who was a manager at a major chain-operated izakaya bar


#BUZZGO Administrator Through my website, I received messages from people who are suffering due to their job.

“I work overtime even after punching out my time card at 5 P.M.”



My website is visited through web searches of keywords like “job difficult want to die”.

In my case, I’ve had the opportunity to be introduced to a lawyer by a member of Karōshi Family Organization thanks to the internet. My heart is less fragile with the support I have including those who reaches out to me with kind words.

Obviously, the internet is created by people. I realized, from these situations, that caring people do exist, and an internet is a place of warmth.

So, I want this to be a place where I can leave behind with the things I can do now.

The reason behind




The ‘GO’ is not the word for expressing movement. It’s the Japanese word ‘GO’, which translates to ‘After’.

Together, it means ‘after the buzz’. When something goes viral on the internet, the term ‘buzz’ is used.

Like a temporary burst from fireworks, I think that people quickly forget. This website is a place to keep the story thereafter.

In my case..

Even when I found myself frustrated

I did not want to

Get back up without a purpose

What for?

The purpose for BUZZGO is to not further increase the number of people suffering due to their job.

For who?

For those who want to get out of their unbearable work environment.

And for myself. I will administer the website within my beliefs. I believe that both you and I wish for a better tomorrow.

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Anger  hate  frustration  sadness

Putting energy into things like anger, hate, frustration, and sadness suffocates me.





I enjoy the fun things in life.

When in a dark place in your heart, I feel stuck and not able to move forward even though there are incredible amount of joy in the world.





Although there is a saying, ‘Time will heal’, to me, it’s still intolerable. Is it possible to fast-forward this so-called ‘time’?

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I often feel helpless. And I don’t like to force myself to only gather the good things. I just wish to head to the direction where I will be able to use my energy for the things I enjoy.

I want to turn my negative emotions into something positive. My feeling towards my own thoughts is the driving force behind #BUZZGO.

Yi Tenjiku

(Translated by Ami )










Article originally published in Japanese by Asashi Shimbun on(25/02/2017)

Get away from karōshi and live

Cousin writes manga about karōshi gains attention

Leading to family members submission for worker injury


Its hell. Those are the words left by the manager of a chain-operated izakaya bar who passed away due to karōshi. The message was found within his smartphone describing the distress of harsh labor situation he was enduring. Data indicating his long presence at his work place was also recorded. Based off from these unpleasant indications, the cousin of the late manager wrote a manga which gained some attention online. This lead to the family members submission for worker injury claim.

In the manga, the story starts off with the death of a man, age 53 at the time, who was a manager at a chain-operated izakaya bar in Nishi-ku, Fukuoka city.

The bars closing time is late at night, scheduled for 3 A.M. After closing the bar, Im not able to go home until the train starts at 6 A.M., and by the time I get home, its already 8 A.M. I have to wake up by 12 P.M.

Its hell.

The manager had sent this message to his friend through the messaging app, LINE, before his death. Tenjiku, who is an online media creator in Chūō-ku, Fukuoka city, who is also the cousin of the late manager, is the writer of the manga.

According to Tenjiku, her cousin died from lethal arrhythmia while setting up the bar for opening that day. A month after his death, Tenjiku heard a news about a person who had committed suicide due to overwork. Learning about this news made her anger surge.  She thought karōshi had to be confronted within the whole society. Tenjiku immersed her thoughts into writing a manga. Even with no experience of writing one, she thought this will be a suitable way to get her message across.

In July of last year, Tenjiku received over 120,000 retweets when posting the manga on her blog, #BUZZGO and on her Twitter page. Her readers have sent messages stating their own experiences. Since then, the manga was translated into German and was published by overseas media.

A member of Zenkoku Karōshi Wo Kangaeru Kazoku No Kai (National Association of Family Reflecting on Karōshi) learned about Tenjikus manga, and introduced her to an attorney, Tadashi Matsumaru, who is also a representing secretary of Karōshi Bengo-dan Zenkoku Renraku Kaigi (Karōshi Lawyers Council National Liaison). In December of last year, the family members of the late manager submitted a claim for worker injury to the office of Labor Standards Inspection. The family members argue that the late manager was not provided with any taxi expenses and had to wait for the very first train available to go home. Also, they claim that proper break during the work hours were not met and no rooms within the work place in which one can sleep were accessible. Even after punching out the time card, the manager had continued working on administrative tasks such as preparing the sales reports.

Claiming for overwork, families of the late manager submitted to the Labor Inspections office the GPS location identification data left on his smartphone. Without counting the break time and including the hours he had stayed in his work place, the total overtime hours the manager had accumulated exceeds the karōshi line of 100 hours per month. Every month for the last 3 months before his death, he had exceeded this karōshi limit. In one of the 3 months, the total overtime reached 148 hours.

Attorney Matsumaru explains that the fact the manager was doing work until the time of first available train home, and even if he had finished work, how the commute restraint will be evaluated is the point at issue. He indicates that if location identification data is used as the base of the support in the argument of long labor hours, and if this means of support is considered and used as a self-defense procedure, it will be a rare case.

The employer side claims, Our company recognizes that the amount of late managers overtime does not meet the criteria as worker injury of brain and heart complications. The location identification data includes the hours that are outside of hours worked.

According to the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, the time restraints after work hours cannot be included as hours worked, however, worker injury causing brain and heart complications issue can be evaluated on how much liability does the time restraint had contributed to the health complications.

Even after I wrote the manga, there are repeat cases of karōshi, and Im afraid that I will become used to these stories,” expresses Tenjiku, I dont want any more people to suffer. At the end of the manga, there is a strong message in which she hopes that it can be reached to people who feels drained from work. The message speaks, to those in risky work environments, live. Get away.

「生きろ。逃げろ」 いとこの過労死描いた漫画、話題に
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