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Japanese Police Sergeant Said to Have Worked Himself to Death

November 30, 1990

TOKYO (AP) _ A 39-year-old police sergeant assigned to security during the monthlong enthronement ceremonies for Emperor Akihito has died from overwork, police say.

The officer, Haruo Okada of Tokyo, died of acute heart failure after collapsing at home Thursday morning, a city police official said on condition of anonymity.

The police official said Okada had taken only two days off from Oct. 27- Nov. 25 because of the huge security operation for Akihito’s enthronement ceremonies, which began early this month. Okada worked 26-hour shifts, followed by 20 hours off, until his death.

Police believe Okada is the second officer who has died from overwork related to the enthronement security. A 50-year-old police officer in Kawasaki, just outside Tokyo, died of overwork while on duty Oct. 18, the official said.


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