"No lines were drawn between private and work life, and that's considered good. There was, in a sense, a belief that being hardworking equals the amount of time you work."
She never thought about asking anyone for help, because she felt that complaining about the situation "wouldn't change anything."
In the case of young employees, low income, a value that considers patience as the greatest virtue, and an urban legend about how transferring jobs before spending three years at a company becomes a disadvantage are some of the many reasons they do not run away.
Another former reporter at a magazine company said that there were times when she felt she "could just die." She worked overtime as long as 150 hours.
"There was an atmosphere that people who sought for work-life balance should just go somewhere else. It was their fault that they couldn't enjoy work," she said.
"I didn't quit [for a while] because I would've been frustrated if people thought of me that way. On my days off, I brought my work back home and did interviews as well. Days passed by without being able to rest."