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Good idea to work at home at the moment. it is safer, less demanding,less stress & no wasting time travelling on train. No wonder ,This is my unique opinion, like it or not!

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Major companies such as Hitachi Ltd and NEC Corp said Tuesday they will continue to push work-from-home arrangements even though the state of emergency over the new coronavirus pandemic was called off the previous day.

Or alternatively they better consider relocating offices out of Tokyo which is vulnerable to various natural disasters.

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Thank you! the world can really ease up when the vaccine exists and there are no longer cases of the virus, but until then, remain alert. If I was the president of one of these companies, I would order my workforce to keep working from home from here on out even if the pandemic is over.

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Good on them. Those that can should. It makes things better for those that can't.

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Perhaps a future trend for Japanese companies? As many as 50% of Facebook employees could be working remotely within the next five to 10 years, Mark Zuckerberg said last week . He pitched the idea as both a matter of satisfying employee desires and also to create "more broad-based economic prosperity."

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Tele-working would be one of the ways that companies could reduce their cost from the economic loss caused by the pandemic. If the companies invest in VPNs and secure cloud storage or other secure methods to work from home they could reduce their rent and utilities, no need to pay for skyrocket office cost in Tokyo. They could also restrict business travel and use video conferencing to connect with colleagues or clients thus reducing travel and entertainment costs. After all, let's be honest, a lot of these business trips are for wining and dining at corporate expenses anyways. But all of this is predicated on the basis of having stable power and energy. No electricity no nothing. And it goes back to the same ol' story for Japan...what to do with the nukes.

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Tele-working would be one of the ways that companies could reduce their cost from the economic loss caused by the pandemic. If the companies invest in VPNs and secure cloud storage or other secure methods to work from home they could reduce their rent and utilities, no need to pay for skyrocket office cost in Tokyo.

We're discussing this right now. We're thinking that we can probably downsize our floor-space by roughly 1/3. The problem is that we still have the same number of people, so they're going to have to share seating space based on whoever is in the office on a given day.

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It is about time. This is the 21st century after all!

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During the SOE, there was a big boost of PC sales and accessories like webcams. Big boost to the use of Zoom and Skype.

More than 90% of homes have internet, which these days means broadband speeds of 1Gbps.

There are more than 100 million smart phones in use. I use my iPhone for many tasks including writing texts on a portable keyboard. I also make sketches using a non Apple stylus. Dictate messages. Extract files from my mac's or iCloud and other online shortage. Connect to my monitor with Apple TV. Play music to my airpods.

Large Zoom meetings are better on a TV.

Need to accept digital hanko's just like digital signatures are legal.

We still have a fax machine which is part of the landline (replace with voip phone) but we have never used either for about two years.

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Let the train crush commute begin! At the end of the day we can complain about it all day long, but the Japanese religion is work.

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Many companies in the world have finally started realizing that a lot of employees are more efficient when they don't have to commute 2 hours every day.

I personally love it. And I can actually work longer hours (connecting a bit earlier and logging off a bit later) without much trouble or without being more tired, while being able to wake up later.

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When workers are at offices, they use company utilities free. But when they are at home, they have to use their own toilets, telephones, powers, water etc. If they are living in apartment houses, neighbors will complain about noises.

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The joy of many mothers is to say goodbye to their stressed husband in the morning, drop the kids off at school, lunch with other mothers, can of chuhai and favorite tv drama, nap, supermarket food court shopping, pick up kids from cram school, family diner, microwave diner for hubbie when he gets back at 10pm. Sleep with the kids on the tatami.

their life must be very, very seriously impacted with the husband working from home.

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The joy of many mothers is to say goodbye to their stressed husband in the morning, drop the kids off at school, lunch with other mothers, can of chuhai and favorite tv drama, nap, supermarket food court shopping, pick up kids from cram school, family diner, microwave diner for hubbie when he gets back at 10pm. Sleep with the kids on the tatami.

Whereas the reality for so many more is to get up early, cook breakfast for the husband and children (often different)., see him off, get the kids to school, come home, clean the house, do laundry, go grocery shopping, pick up the kids from school, cook dinner, then finish it up by cleaning up, and bathing and putting the kids to bed, before rinsing in and repeating the next day, every day.

But hey, don't let that stop you from trying to disparage all mothers as being lazy.

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Unlike optimism for telework, divorce may increase. It is not easy being together with other person 24 hours a day. What would happen if both husband and wife are working at home? Things are good keeping some distances even among a couple. They need a break. It is a happy time for a husband to drop in "izakaya" after work. Will it be possible a husband go out from his house to "izakaya" at night?

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The J-Gov has been pushing for this for the last decade to reduce the crowds on the trains. It makes perfect sense to do this in such an overpopulated city. However, they still have to overcome the problem of those little red stamps.

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their life must be very, very seriously impacted with the husband working from home.

Yes, and in my company some guys seconded to Tokyo for more than 10 years are back at their hometowns teleworking since March and I can only imagine how pleased everyone is for the second reunion father there are all day everyday. My marriage life revolves around avoiding the look of disgust and trying to enjoy time with the kids. You can be divorced and still married according to a wise friend of mine.

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Good. High time people got with the times. No reason why it can't be done in a lot of cases.

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Nothing quite like finishing your day of work with a click of the mouse, and not needing to make a long trek back home.

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I would rather work at offices. It is a place I can meet many different people and learn from them. It is a place to brush up my personality and know the society.

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Save money not having to go to the beer hall with your colleagues.

Maybe 3-4 days at home, 1-2 day at the office.

The people who have jobs and can telework are a minority of the workers.

Living in a crowded small apartment makes it impossible but now the SOE is over possible to work in other places like in the car at the beach.

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As current office leases start reaching the end of their term there are going to be interesting decisions made by these major firms.  Landlords going to be in a tough situation.

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I think the bigger corporations have seen the light, especially manufacturers. I remember reading the head of Toyota saying they'd actually been more productive during lockdown because they were managing their own workloads and made sure staff had direct access to the data needed and so (made me wonder what they were doing before really).

The manufacturing sector in Japan is also the most efficient the powerhouse of domestic productivity ($70/hour covering 1/4 of the economy, compared to $50/hour average for the rest) and I reckon if they see the benefits they'll do it. Once they start doing it and decentralising their suppliers will be drawn to them. This could be a very good thing for the Japanese economy and the country at large

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Google gives workers a chunk of cash to build a home office.

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