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‘Work style reform’ in Japan

Nearly 1 in 4 companies have admitted that some employees do more than 80 hours of overtime work per month, according to the Japanese government’s white paper on karoshi or death by overwork.

“Karoshi” is a Japanese word (ka excess + ro labor + shi death), and means “death by overwork.” Karoshi is a legally recognized cause of death in Japan since 1980s, and it is on the rise.

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It is not just professionals in the legal, accounting, insurance and financial services that will see jobs disappear as technology and artificial intelligence (AI) advances, jobs in banks and offices, retail, and manual laborers will also see their job prospects decline according to industry experts.

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A driverless car (also called a self-driving car or an autonomous vehicle) is a robotic vehicle that is designed to travel without a driver. In the next 10 years or so, taxis would be self-driving and might be common sight on public roads. Actually, Singapore is the first country to already put up to a dozen taxis on the roads for testing in August 2016 although it is relatively limited in scope. Taxi and delivery drivers will see their jobs dry up as autonomous vehicles hit the road.

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The race will not exactly be a high-speed chase with hairpin turns. And do not expect to see anything with the naked eye.

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The Stad Peninsula in Norway has a very harsh, windy climate and is one of the most dangerous coastlines in the region. As the meeting place between the Norwegian Sea and North Sea, there are no outlying islands protecting the peninsula from rough seas. It is the most exposed and most dangerous stretches of Norway’s coast. Challenging waves, winds and gales combined with ocean current often create difficult conditions for passing vessels. The turbulent waters have claimed the lives of dozens of sailors over the last several decades.

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