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UPDATE 1-Dentsu raided again by Japan's labour ministry over suspected violations
November 7, 2016 / 3:02 AM / 10 months ago

UPDATE 1-Dentsu raided again by Japan's labour ministry over suspected violations

* Japan’s labour ministry raids Dentsu offices on Monday

* Raids follows suicide of a female worker

* Dentsu says it will fully cooperate with the ministry (Recasts, adds Dentsu comments)

TOKYO, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Dentsu Inc, Japan’s largest advertising agency, said its offices were raided by the Labour Ministry on Monday - raids that local broadcaster NHK said were prompted by suspicion that several workers had been forced to work long hours in violation of labour laws.

The new raids follow previous inspections by the ministry to see if overwork abuses were pervasive after a 24-year-old female Dentsu employee committed suicide last December.

She had worked 105 hours in October 2015 and fell into depression the following month and the ministry ruled her death “karoshi” -- literally “death by overwork”.

Dentsu’s Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya offices have been raided, a Dentsu spokesman said, adding that the company will cooperate with the ministry.

The spokesman declined to comment on whether there were additional cases of overwork.

Dentsu, the world’s fifth largest advertising agency by revenue, said last week the company was setting up a committee to prevent overwork issues.

Reporting by Junko Fujita; Editing by Chris Gallagher and Edwina Gibbs

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