Pinoy's death in 2014 due to overwork —Japan labor ministry
Japanese labor authorities have ruled that the death of a Filipino technical trainee two years ago was due to overwork, Japanese media reports said.
A report on the Asahi Shimbun said Joey Tocnang died of heart failure at his company dorm in April 2014, three months before his scheduled return to the Philippines. He was 27 years old.
Prior to this death, Tocnang was logging in 78.5 to 122.5 hours of overtime a month, according to the Gifu Labor Standard Inspection Office of the Japan Labor Ministry, which ruled in August that his death was due to overwork.
Tocnang's death was the first case of "karoshi," or death by overwork, involving a foreigner in Japan since 2011, the report said.
Citing the Gaikokujin Ginojisshusei Kenri Network, a Tokyo-based advocacy group for foreign trainees, the report said the first incident involved a Chinese intern who worked at a metal processing company.
The Asahi Shimbun report said Tocnang, married and with a five-year-old daughter in the Philippines, came to Japan as a trainee in 2011. He worked at a casting company in Gifu Prefecture, cutting steel and painting chemicals.
The report said Tocnang was paid minimum salary.
With the ruling, Tocnang's family is entitled to receive 3 million yen ($29,900) in a lump sum payment and about 2 million yen annually in a survivor's annuity. —KBK, GMA News