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Court awards family Y20 million in suicide case

Date Posted: 2007-09-13

A 44-year-old Okinawa man committed suicide five years ago because "of too much work at his office, leaving him sick with depression."

His family charged the financial institution was responsible for the death, and demanded compensation. A Naha District Court judge agreed with the family, issuing a •20 million judgment against the company.

The complaint charged the company unfairly treated the man, who began working for the company in 1982. The man made a mistake in 1998, after 16 years with the company, and the company cut his pay, increased his workload and made him work 12 hours a day, family members charged in the lawsuit. The companyís actions made their relative depressed, and led to his October 2002 suicide.

The courtís chief justice ruled the company was at fault, but reduced the claim from •77 million, ordering the financial institution to compensate the family •20 million.

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