South Koreans Paying Heavy Price Of Overwork

South Koreans are working themselves to death. They work the longest hours among all but one of the OECD countries – almost 50 percent more than famously hard-working Germany.


Soo-hong worked at a food supplier specializing in jangjorim, a popular Korean side dish of beef cooked in soy sauce. His primary duty was to make sure quality and production are high.

Chae apparently died from exhaustion around 7 p.m. on a Saturday in August 2017. In the morning, as he prepared to go to the office, just like every weekend before, he had complained of feeling tired but her widow, Park Hyun-suk, didn't suspect anything amiss – he was always tired.

52I should have seen the sign that he was feeling ill