Japan Government Paper Highlights Long Overtime at Trucking Business (News)
Tokyo, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government white paper on Friday showed that 6.6% of trucking businesses see their average drivers' monthly overtime exceeding 80 hours, the key threshold from which overwork-induced death is said to increase.
Trucking companies said drivers work long hours primarily because shipping clients make them wait, according to the annual paper on preventive measures against death from overwork, or karōshi.
The paper, approved at the day's cabinet meeting, is based on a labor ministry survey on 4,000 transportation services companies between December last year and February this year.
A total of 760 companies and 4,678 drivers gave valid responses. Trucking companies occupied 72.0% of the corporate respondents.
As high as 52.1% of the responding trucking companies and 25.1% of the truck drivers attributed drivers' overtime to long wait time for reasons on the part of shipping clients.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]