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Korean mock funerals use mortality to motivate
Many firms here see the sessions as an inventive way to stimulate productivity. The Kyobo insurance company, for example, has required all 4,000 employees to attend fake funerals like those offered by Jung.
There's another motivation: South Koreans commit suicide at the highest rate in the developed world.
The country now tops the 30 member nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in the number of self-inflicted deaths, according to OECD data updated in 2009. And even as the suicide rate of many countries has fallen, South Korea's remains high, twice that of the United States, statistics show."
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