- TOKYO (Reuters) - More than
one in three Japanese suffer from chronic fatigue so severe that many are
forced to skip work or school, the Health Ministry said at the weekend.
- A national survey of 3,015 people aged between 15 and
65, conducted by the Health Ministry, showed 36 percent of the respondents
had suffered from fatigue for at least six months.
- The number of men and women experiencing fatigue for
six months or longer was about equal, said the survey, issued by Kyodo
- Nearly half the 1,078 chronic sufferers, or 17 percent
of the people surveyed, indicated that they had taken days off from work
or school due to fatigue, it said.
- ``I am surprised at the extremely large number of people
complaining of fatigue,'' Kyodo quoted Teruo Kitani, head of the ministry's
research team, as saying.
- ``Japanese people apparently show high levels of fatigue
compared with respondents in similar studies from abroad.''
- Some attributed their fatigue to overwork, although many
said they could think of no reason for their exhaustion.
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