Japanese woman ‘dies from overwork’ after logging 159 hours of overtime in a month

Fate of media worker Miwa Sado, 31, piles pressure on authorities to address large number of deaths linked to labour practices

Japan has again been forced to confront its work culture after labour inspectors ruled that the death of a 31-year-old journalist at the countrys public broadcaster, NHK, had been caused by overwork.

Miwa Sado, who worked at the broadcasters headquarters in Tokyo, logged 159 hours of overtime and took only two days off in the month leading up to her death from heart failure in July 2013.

A labour standards office in Tokyo later attributed her death to karoshi (death from overwork) but her case was only made public by her former employer this week.

Sados death is expected to increase pressure on Japanese authorities to address the large number of deaths attributed to the punishingly long hours expected of many employees.

The announcement comes a year after a similar ruling over the death of a young employee at Dentsu advertising agency prompted a national debate over Japans attitude to work-life balance and calls to limit overtime.

Matsuri Takahashi was 24 when she killed herself in April 2015. Labour standards officials ruled that her death had been caused by stress brought on by long working hours. Takahashi had been working more than a 100 hours overtime in the months before her death.

Weeks before she died on Christmas Day 2015, she posted on social media: I want to die. Another message read: Im physically and mentally shattered.

Her case triggered a national debate about Japans work practices and forced the prime minister, Shinz Abe, to address a workplace culture that often forces employees to put in long hours to demonstrate their dedication, even if there is little evidence that it improves productivity.

The government proposes to cap monthly overtime at 100 hours and introduce penalties for companies that allow their employees to exceed the limit measures that critics say still put workers at risk.

In its first white paper on karoshi last year, the government said one in five employees were at risk of death from overwork.

More than 2,000 Japanese killed themselves due to work-related stress in the year to March 2016, according to the government, while dozens of other victims died from heart attacks, strokes and other conditions brought on by spending too much time at work.

According to the white paper, 22.7% of companies polled between December 2015 and January 2016 said some of their employees logged more than 80 hours of overtime each month the level at which working hours start to pose a serious risk to health.

Research shows that Japanese employees work significantly longer hours than their counterparts in the US, Britain and other developed countries. Japans employees used, on average, only 8.8 days of their annual leave in 2015, less than half their allowance, according to the health ministry. That compares with 100% in Hong Kong and 78% in Singapore.

Sado, a political reporter, covered the Tokyo metropolitan assembly elections and national upper house elections in June and July 2013. She died three days after the upper house elections.

Masahiko Yamauchi, a senior official in NHKs news department, conceded that Sados death reflected a problem for our organisation as a whole, including the labour system and how elections are covered.

Yamauchi said NHK had waited three years to make Sados death public out of respect for her family, according to Kyodo news.

In a statement issued through NHK, Sados parents said: Even today, four years on, we cannot accept our daughters death as a reality. We hope that the sorrow of a bereaved family will not be wasted.

In the UK the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/05/japanese-woman-dies-overwork-159-hours-overtime

Aaron Carter Is Going To Rehab!

Aaron Carter is going to rehab!

The day after the police were called to his home over claims he threatened suicide and seemed to be on drugs over the phone, the singer is finally getting some help!

Related: Find Out Which Drugs Aaron Is REALLY On!

The singer’s rep released a statement to TMZ breaking the news:

“Aaron has decided to enter a facility to improve his health and work on his overall wellness. He is going to do this privately and focus all his attention on being the best person and performer personal.”

The outlet reports Aaron went back and forth on the decision but ultimately decided he could use the help.

We’re so glad! Addiction to drugs, even legal prescription ones, can do so much harm to your body and your life.

Stay strong, Aaron!

[Image via Twitter.]

Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2017-09-22-aaron-carter-drugs-rehab

Model shares photo of her cellulite on Instagram to encourage women to love their bodies

A body-postive model has posted an empowering photo of her cellulite on Instagram in an effort to encourage women to love their bodies. 

Model Sophie Turner posted an image of herself taken from a photo shoot, expressing how it made her feel “angry” to see her cellulite. 

“It was on my mind but why should it? I am more than cellulite, I am more than the belly rolls, and the back fat, and cellulite is normal!!” she wrote. 

Turner wrote that “it’s natural for us ladies” to have cellulite, and “we need to stop seeing it as disgusting or ugly.”

“I’ve had cellulite since I was about 12 which is normal. After living with something for a decade it’s all a part of being me,” she added. 

Love the skin you’re in ❤️😘 #nophotoshop #noretouchingneeded #nofilterneeded

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But, she says she’s “still learning to love” her cellulite and “not hate it.” 

“It’s a slow road to self love but it’s the best thing you can do for your confidence and mental health,” she continued.

🙌  🙌  🙌

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/29/model-cellulite-instagram/

Sarah Hyland’s 2017 Emmys Dress Proves Cut Outs Are Back In The Best Way

star Sarah Hyland just arrived to the Emmys Red Carpet absolutely a floor-length, red cut-out dress, and fans are loving it.  is up for Outstanding Comedy Series yet again, and Sarah Hyland at the Emmys is definitely serving looks to represent her show. The second she arrived on the red carpet, fans lost it.

The 26-year-old actress started working on when she was a teenager and has grown up on the show with co-stars Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, and Rico Rodriguez, who play Alex, Luke, and Manny. The show has won a total of 22 Emmys and has won Outstanding Comedy Series five times over the years.

It’s up for Outstanding Comedy Series again this year, and Hyland’s TV dad, Ty Burrell, is up for Outstanding Supporting Actor In a Comedy Series again this year. He’s already won it twice before! Julie Bowen, who plays Claire Dunphy (aka Haley, Alex, and Luke’s mom) has won Outstanding Supporting Actress In a Comedy Series twice, and Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cam, has also won Outstanding Supporting Actor In a Comedy Series twice for his performance on the show. Safe to say has been a very loved show over the years.

Sarah Hyland looks stunning on the Emmys Red Carpet.

Hyland has been pretty vocal about her health struggles this past year. Earlier this year, she rapidly lost a lot of weight, and people were criticizing her for it. She was accused of having an eating disorder, but she revealed in an emotional series of tweets that she lost so much weight due to the treatment she had to undergo for an illness she was diagnosed with. Although she did not reveal her diagnosis or the treatment she went through (nor does she have to), she said in the tweets from May 25, 2017,

I haven’t had the greatest year. Maybe one day I’ll talk about it but for now, I’d like my privacy. I will say that this year has brought a lot of changes and with that, physical changes.

I have been told that I can’t work out. Which, for me, is very upsetting. I love to be STRONG. (I’ll be using that word a lot) Strength is everything. Being strong has gotten me where I am. Both mentally and physically. I am not a fan of ‘being skinny.’

She added,

‘Eat a burger,’ ‘your head is bigger than your body and that’s disgusting.’ And you’re right! … No one’s head should be bigger than their body but considering I’ve basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass. My circumstances have put me in a place where I’m not in control of what my body looks like. So I strive to be as healthy as possible, as everyone should.

Oh and no that’s not photoshop. Those are my legs. Those are my arms. I write this because I’ve been accused of promoting anorexia in, ironically enough, an anti bullying post. And I want young girls to know that that’s NOT my intention.

Hyland’s co-star, Sofia Vergara, tweeted her support for Hyland after she posted about her health struggles.

Let’s just look at Sarah Hyland’s Emmys dress one more time for good measure.

She seriously looks incredible. And I’m loving the brown hair, Sarah! Of course, she would look amazing with literally any hair color ever, but she was rocking the blonde look for a while, so it’s fun to see stars change up their looks. Whatever color her hair is though, no one will doubt that Hyland is one of the best dressed at this year’s Emmy Awards.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/celebrity/sarah-hyland-2017-emmys-dress/2073057/

Trump says he’s going to take healthcare reform into his own hands

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday morning that he would take reforming the United States’ healthcare laws into his own hands if Congress does not act.

In a tweet, Trump said he would use the “power of the pen”–presumably referring to an executive order–to reform healthcare.

“Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people – FAST,” Trump wrote.

It wasn’t immediately clear how, or what, exactly Trump would sign.

However, last month Trump said he would sign a “very major” executive order that would allow people to go across state lines to purchase healthcare.

Congress has been unable to repeal, or repeal and replace, the Affordable Care Act–a major campaign promise among Republicans, who control both houses of Congress.

The Senate tried several times to pass a version of a bill that would repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy but failed numerous times to secure the required number of votes. The lack of action has frustrated Trump, according to his Twitter feed.

In a wide-ranging interview with Forbes published on Tuesday, Trump called the Affordable Care Act a “total mess” and said he is trying to “keep it afloat.”

Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/trump-healthcare-power-pen-tweet/

StackCommerce buys Joyus to focus on video and expand into fashion, shopping and beauty

StackCommerce, which sells articles sponsored by brands and published on websites, has acquired the online video marketing company Joyus in an all cash transaction to expand its advertising footprint in media targeting women and work more with online video.

The media market for fashion, women’s health, and shopping is a new one for StackCommerce which has worked closely with websites like Mashable, Engadget and others. The company’s service is similar to Wirecutter, offering brands a chance to sell their gear on websites with sponsored reviews.

Now, with Joyus, which started life as an online Home Shopping Network and pivoted into providing video reviews for websites like Aol (which is owned by Oath, which also owns me and my words) or Refinery29, StackCommerce can go after publishers that focus on health, fashion, beauty, and design.

While Joyus had raised $67 million in financing from investors including Accel Partners, Marker, Steamboat Ventures, InterWest Partners, and TimeWarner Investments, StackCommerce took a much more capital efficient approach to its growth.

The Los Angeles-based startup had raised a minuscule $800,000 in seed funding back in 2012 (it was the company’s only outside investment). Backers in that round included 500 Startups, Amplify.LA, Draper Associates, EchoVC Partners, Paige Craig, Tim Draper, and Wavemaker Partners.

Terms of the acquisition were undisclosed, but a person familiar with the transaction said it was less than $50 million.

As a result of the acquisition, Joyus’ team is getting cut, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Select team members will be joining StackCommerce in specific roles that have yet to be determined the person said.

While this is StackCommerce’s first acquisition, it likely won’t be the company’s last. The company, which is working with over 750 publishers today, will likely want to expand its suite of monetization tools to include data targeting and personalization and subscription-based services.

From its humble beginnings in Los Angeles, StackCommerce has grown to employ 65 people form its headquarters in Venice. The company rolled out two new offerings earlier this year including a  Brand Studio product that lets publishers make on-demand advertising copy using the company’s editorial and video resources, and a feature called Momentum which distributes the company’s white-labeled reviews and advertisements across different social media properties.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/29/stackcommerce-buys-joyus-to-focus-on-video-and-expand-into-fashion-shopping-and-beauty/

Here’s The Gross Thing Every Parent Needs To Watch Out For This Halloween

Halloween is a scary time of year.

Everyone’s decorating with spooky decorations and getting ready to scare their neighbors with their costumes. It’s super exciting for children who get to dress up and have some of that sweet Halloween candy. While most parents are concerned about checking their kids’ candy for issues, there’s another health risk that comes around this time of year that every mom and dad should know about.

Doctors see a huge jump in head lice during this time of year. With people trying on wigs and costumes in the store, that makes sense.

After all, there’s no telling how many people have tried it on before you decide to take a costume home.

Putting costumes and wigs in an airtight plastic bag for 48 hours before wearing it is the easiest way to kill lice.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/halloween-lice/

NFL Players and Owners Push Back Against Trump Comments

President Donald Trump accelerated his criticism of the National Football League on Sunday by saying fans should consider not going to games, sparking strong objections from players and owners including a longtime friend and contributor.

Robert Kraft, chairman and chief executive officer of the NFL champion New England Patriots, said he was "deeply disappointed” by Trump’s comments Friday that “son of a bitch” players who refuse to stand during the national anthem to protest treatment of minority citizens should be released by their teams.

Players locked arms, knelt or raised fists during today’s pregame renditions of the anthem, which were broadcast live at all games by the Fox and CBS networks. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee last year, locked arms with his players before his team’s game against the Baltimore Ravens in London. Several other owners joined their players on the field while most of the Pittsburgh Steelers stayed in their locker room during the anthem.

Trump, speaking to reporters on his return to Washington Sunday night, said he was “not at all” encouraging a boycott with a morning tweet that read, “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”

“They can do whatever they want,” Trump said. “I’m just telling you from my standpoint I think it is very disrespectful to our country.” He also said the player protests “are a big reason” the league’s television ratings have fallen.

Buffalo Bills players kneel before their NFL game on Sept. 24.

Photographer: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The criticisms, directed primarily at black athletes, came after Trump repeatedly equated the actions of both sides after the death of a woman who was protesting against a demonstration by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and Confederate heritage groups in Charlottesville, Virginia.

They also come at the start of a critical week for some of Trump’s key legislative priorities, with Republicans’ latest and possibly last attempt to repeal and replace the Obamacare health care law on the brink of defeat and negotiations beginning in earnest on a tax package.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended Trump’s comments and called on the NFL owners to enact a rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem.

“This is about respect for the military and the first responders and the country,” Mnuchin said on ABC’s "This Week” program. “They have the right to have their First Amendment off the field. This is a job and the employers have the right, when the players are working, to have rules."

Owners’ Support

Trump’s new campaign also may jeopardize the support he has enjoyed since the early days of his campaign from a number of CEOs and NFL owners — one of whom, Woody Johnson of the New York Jets, was named Trump’s ambassador to the U.K.

“There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics,” said Kraft, who also donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural and sat with the president at dinner when he hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago resort in February. “I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal.”

The national anthem protests began in August 2016, when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled before a pre-season game. Kaepernick was joined in his protest by some teammates and players on other teams as the season progressed.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by another team, although the protests have continued this season.

US President Donald Trump walks towards Air Force One in New Jersey on his way to Alabama on Sept. 23.

Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

‘Lack of Respect’

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, without mentioning Trump, said Saturday that “divisive comments” weren’t helpful.

“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell said in a statement. “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game, and all of our players.”

Trump himself was once owner of the New Jersey Generals of the long-defunct United States Football League, which fought a losing battle against the NFL.

Colin Kaepernick, center, with Eli Harold and Eric Reid kneel during the anthem prior to a game in Oct. 2016.

Photographer: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

‘Little Ding’

The president also raised eyebrows Friday by saying that penalties for hard hits in the NFL are “ruining the game,” as the league attempts to respond to evidence of long-term brain injury causing premature deaths and disability to some of its players.

Trump’s comment came a day after news that Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player convicted of murder who hanged himself in a Massachusetts jail in April at age 27, had been found to suffer from a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) associated with repeated concussions.

Trump made similar comments about the NFL at least twice in 2016, deriding concussions as “a little ding on the head” and lamenting the demise of “violent, head-on” tackles.

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that all but one of 111 former NFL players whose brains had been inspected had evidence of CTE, which can only be diagnosed post-mortem.

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-24/trump-promotes-nfl-boycott-as-stalwart-ally-kraft-leads-pushback

    Tom Price resigns as health secretary over private flights and Trump criticism

    Former Georgia congressman resigns after president says decision imminent, having apologized and repaid some costs

    The health and human services secretary, Tom Price, has resigned, after revelations that he spent more than $1m of taxpayers money on travel including chartered flights.

    Reports about such travel by Price and other cabinet members including the EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, interior secretary, Ryan Zinke and veterans affairs director, David Shulkin had undermined Donald Trumps promise to drain the swamp of corruption in Washington.

    Price, already in a precarious position with the president after repeated failures to repeal the Affordable Care Act, had come under fire for spending so much money on private flights instead of commercial travel. On Thursday, he apologized for taking the flights and offered to reimburse the treasury for the relevant costs.

    In statement on Friday, the White House said Price offered his resignation and Trump accepted it. Trump had teased the news, telling reporters an announcement was forthcoming.

    Trump called Price a very fine man but said he did not like the optics of members of his cabinet the wealthiest ever assembled flying at great expense to taxpayers.

    Im not happy, OK? Trump said, before departing Washington to spend the weekend at his New Jersey golf club. I can tell you, Im not happy.

    The statement said Trump intended to tap Don Wright to serve as acting secretary, starting at midnight on Friday. Wright is currently deputy assistant secretary for health and director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

    In a copy of his resignation letter posted to Twitter, Price thanked Trump for the opportunity to serve the American people.

    I have spent 40 years both as a doctor and public servant putting people first, he wrote. I regret that the recent events have created a distraction from those important objectives.

    Tom Price, M.D. (@SecPriceMD)

    Thank you @POTUS for the opportunity to serve the American people alongside the dedicated folks of @HHSGov. It’s been an honor & privilege. pic.twitter.com/nUBNsEDsPv

    September 29, 2017

    In his statement of apology on Thursday, he had said: All of my political career Ive fought for taxpayers. It is clear to me that in this case, I was not sensitive enough to my concern for the taxpayer. I know as well as anyone that the American people want to know that their hard-earned dollars are being spent wisely by government officials.

    As a Georgia congressman, Price branded himself as a fiscal conservative, railing against the use of private jets by members of Congress. In a 2009 interview with CNBC, he called such expenditure fiscal irresponsibility run amok and criticized a Democrat who argued such flights were necessary for certain department heads.

    Trump became frustrated with Price as a series of reports by Politico detailed his secretarys spending over the last several months.

    Politico first reported Prices extensive use of private charter planes for business travel last week, revealing that the secretary had taken at least 24 flights since May at a cost of more than $300,000. His predecessors in the job flew commercially when traveling within the continental US.

    Price traveled twice on government-funded private jets to destinations where he and his wife own property, and paired official visits with meetings with colleagues and family members, according to Politico.

    On Thursday, the website reported that the White House approved Prices use of military aircraft to travel to Europe, Asia and Africa for official business, at a cost of more than $500,000.

    The total combined cost for Prices flights exceeded $1m, according to a Politico analysis.

    In an appearance on Fox News on Thursday, Price said he believed he had the confidence of the president and called Trump a remarkable leader. But he said Trump had expressed his displeasure clearly.

    On Friday, the House speaker, Paul Ryan, called Price a good man who he said had spent his entire adult life fighting for others.

    Ryan said: He was a leader in the House and a superb health secretary. His vision and hard work were vital to the Houses success passing our healthcare legislation. I will always be grateful for Toms service to this country and, above all, his continued friendship.

    The Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, criticized Prices determination to repeal the ACA, saying: The mission of the health and human services secretary should be to support Americans healthcare, not take it away. The next HHS secretary must follow the law when it comes to the Affordable Care Act instead of trying to sabotage it.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/29/tom-price-resigns-health-secretary-private-flights-trump

    Terminally ill man loses right-to-die case

    Image caption Noel Conway was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014

    A terminally ill man has lost his High Court challenge against the law on assisted dying.

    Noel Conway, 67, from Shrewsbury, who has motor neurone disease, wanted a doctor to be allowed to prescribe a lethal dose when his health deteriorates.

    Currently any doctor helping him to die would face up to 14 years in prison.

    His lawyers had argued he faced a stark choice, which was unfair and the law needed to change.

    They said he could either bring about his own death while still physically able to do so, or await death with no control over how and when it came.

    He had previously said he wanted to say goodbye to loved ones “at the right time, not to be in a zombie-like condition suffering both physically and psychologically”.

    He argued that when he had less than six months to live and retained the mental capacity to make the decision, he wished to be able to enlist assistance from the medical profession to bring about a “peaceful and dignified” death.

    Parliamentary debate

    Mr Conway, who was not at London’s High Court on Thursday, wanted a declaration that the Suicide Act 1961, which lays out the law on assisted dying, is incompatible with Article eight of the European Convention on Human Rights, which relates to respect for private and family life, and Article 14, which protects from discrimination.

    But Lord Justice Sales, Mrs Justice Whipple and Mr Justice Garnham rejected his case.

    Image copyright NOEL CONWAY
    Image caption Before his illness Noel Conway was a keen skier, climber and cyclist

    It is not the first time the law has been challenged.

    A case brought by Tony Nicklinson – who was paralysed after a stroke – was dismissed in 2014 by the Supreme Court, which stated it was important that Parliament debated the issues before any decision was made by the courts.

    In 2015 MPs rejected proposals to allow assisted dying in England and Wales, in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years.

    Supporters of the current legislation say it exists to protect the weak and vulnerable from being exploited or coerced.

    Mr Conway’s case is different from Mr Nicklinson’s in that he has a terminal illness and his legal team set out strict criteria and clear potential safeguards to protect vulnerable people from any abuse of the system.

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    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41506155