Man Arrested After Stabbing Himself To Get A Day Off From Work

A businessman in Japan was so disheartened or stressed with his job that he stabbed himself just to get a day off.

54-year-old Masaru Miura told police that he was stabbed in the hip by an unknown assailant early Wednesday morning.  As police questioned him however, they found inconsistencies with his story, and Miura eventually confessed to stabbing himself with a knife he found near a subway ticket station at Nagoya Municipal.  He was eventually arrested for interfering with police duties.

Overworking in Japan is reportedly a prevalent issue.  2,000 people committed suicide in Japan in 2005, with work stress cited as on of the leading causes.  There were talks of extending the weekends to three days after a 24-year-old woman jumped to her death after reportedly working more than 100 hours of overtime in a month.



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