Dentsu chief to resign over employee's suicide from overwork

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  • President of the top Japanese advertising company Dentsu Inc. Tadashi Ishii attends a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. President Ishii will step down to take responsibility for the suicide of a worker who had clocked massive overtime. (Kyodo News via AP)

    President of the top Japanese advertising company Dentsu Inc. Tadashi Ishii attends a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. President Ishii will step down to take responsibility for the suicide of a worker ... who had clocked massive overtime. (Kyodo News via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • President of the top Japanese advertising company Dentsu Inc. Tadashi Ishii, center, bows with other senior executives during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. President Ishii will step down to take responsibility for the suicide of a worker who had clocked massive overtime. (Kyodo News via AP)

    President of the top Japanese advertising company Dentsu Inc. Tadashi Ishii, center, bows with other senior executives during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. President Ishii will step down to take ... responsibility for the suicide of a worker who had clocked massive overtime. (Kyodo News via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • People walk past the headquarters of the top Japanese advertising company Dentsu Inc. in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Dentsu's President Tadashi Ishii will step down to take responsibility for the suicide of a worker who had clocked massive overtime. (Kyodo News via AP)

    People walk past the headquarters of the top Japanese advertising company Dentsu Inc. in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Dentsu's President Tadashi Ishii will step down to take responsibility for the suicide of a worker who had clocked massive ... overtime. (Kyodo News via AP) (The Associated Press)

The president of top Japanese advertising company Dentsu Inc. will step down to take responsibility for the suicide of a worker who had clocked massive overtime.

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President Tadashi Ishii said at a Tokyo news conference he will tender his resignation at a board meeting in January although he will stay through March as a courtesy to shareholders.

Earlier Wednesday, government authorities filed papers demanding prosecutorial charges against the unidentified Dentsu employee suspected of driving Matsuri Takahashi to suicide from overwork.

Takahashi jumped from her company dorm balcony in December 2015, after clocking 100 hours of overtime a month and leaving a farewell email begging her mother to not blame herself.

The government in September ruled that overwork caused her death.

Tokyo-based Dentsu has repeatedly promised to curtail overtime.