By YUJI YAMASHITA/ Staff Writer
June 2, 2022 at 16:59 JST
A sign for the Japanese beef bowl chain Sukiya (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Japanese beef bowl chain Sukiya Co. is vowing to improve working conditions after it revealed that an employee who collapsed while working alone on an early January morning had died from a heart attack.
It took more than three hours until the part-time worker in her 50s was found by her colleague after she collapsed, according to Zensho Holdings Co., which operates Sukiya.
"We will make further efforts to improve the work environment for our employees,” said a representative of Zensho Holdings.
Sukiya announced on June 1 that it will abandon single-staff morning shifts by the end of this month, in addition to previous steps it had taken to remove single-staffer overnight shifts.
The company said the woman started her shift at 10 p.m. on Jan. 16 at a restaurant in Nagoya where she did not normally work. After 5 a.m. the next day, she was the only one working at the outlet.
Sukiya said another part-time worker came to work around 9 a.m. and found her lying on the floor. A security camera captured the scene of her collapsing in the outlet at around 5:30 a.m., which means it took more than three hours until she was found.
In 2014, the company decided to stop having only one person work overnight shifts, from midnight to 5 a.m., at its restaurants in response to criticisms of the harsh working environment and concerns about security.
The latest case has pushed the company to make further changes. It plans to have two or more people working morning shifts, from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., at its outlets by the end of the month.
Visit this page for the latest news on Japan’s battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Cooking experts, chefs and others involved in the field of food introduce their special recipes intertwined with their paths in life.
Haruki Murakami and other writers read from books before selected audiences at the new Haruki Murakami Library.
The Asahi Shimbun aims “to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” through its Gender Equality Declaration.
Let’s explore the Japanese capital from the viewpoint of wheelchair users and people with disabilities with Barry Joshua Grisdale.