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A Japanese reporter has paid the ultimate price after doing overtime for 159 hours in one month.

NHK reporter Miwa Sado, 31, who had been covering political news in Tokyo, was found dead in her bed in July 2013, reportedly clutching her mobile phone.

“The president met the parents at their home in the morning and apologised,” an NHK spokesman told AFP.

A government inquest a year after her death ruled that it was linked to excessive overtime. She had taken two days off in the month before she died.

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NHK eventually made the case public four years later, bowing to pressure from Sado’s parents to take action to prevent a recurrence.

The case has again highlighted the Japanese problem of “karoshi” — meaning death from overwork — and is an embarrassing revelation for NHK, which has campaigned against the nation’s long-hours culture.

Sato covered Tokyo assembly elections for the broadcaster in June 2013 and an upper-house vote for the national parliament the following month.

She died three days after the upper-house election.

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