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Japanese workspace service proposes 'new workstyle' linking telework & all-you-can-drink wine

By Ben K, grape Japan

Japanese telework space sharing app Telespe テレスぺ, operated by Telework Technologies Co Ltd, has teamed up with the Shinjuku branch of Wine Bar ESOLA to offer a unique and potentially attractive opportunity to those who are looking for a place other than home to conduct telework during these pandemic times.

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Depending on where you're from, having a glass of wine during working hours is not such an unusual thing, especially when it's with a meal. Whereas some jobs ban it outright for safety reasons, other jobs are more lenient when it comes to alcohol at work. Ultimately, it's up to your company and your own self-management skills when it comes to deciding whether or not to imbibe on the clock.

However, unless you work as a food critic or a novelist, having all-you-can-drink wine isn't usually something you would normally associate with productive work. That's why, at first glance, Teresupe's proposal may sound unreasonable.

But before you cast your judgment, consider the background:

According to the press release, their new proposal for residents in the Tokyo area is a win-win solution created under the difficult circumstances of the current state of emergency.

On the one hand, as an ongoing problem in these pandemic times, company employees who have been told to telework may not always be able to do so at their home. For example, they may have a partner or family member(s) who also need to telework, or they may have small children or pets preventing them from concentrating on their work, especially if they live in a small apartment. On the other hand, during the current state of emergency announced by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and in effect until February 7th, restaurants have been urged to close their doors at 8 PM. That's a difficult pill to swallow for establishments like Wine Bar ESOLA that make a significant portion of their earnings in the later hours of the evening.

Through this plan, workers in search of a good teleworking space with free Wi-Fi and electric outlets can enjoy a spacious, well-ventilated space, not to mention a nicely appointed and comfortable environment, and the pleasure of sipping wine worry-free, while Wine Bar ESOLA can earn some much-needed additional income by making use of the normally idle daytime hours between lunch and dinner.

According to Telespe, having access to wine and teleworking could be a "new workstyle" for you to try.

Several areas are available:

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And there is also a plan available without wine for those who don't drink.


Place: ワインバルESOLA新宿店 Wine Bar ESOLA Shinjuku

Address: 東京都新宿区歌舞伎町1-16-3 セレサ陽栄新宿ビル 5F | 5F Ceresa Yoei Bldg., 1-16-3 Kabukicho, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo

Times: 12:00 to 20:00 (alcohol served until 19:00)

Capacity: 1 or 2 persons

Price: 1,000 yen (incl. tax) / hour with self-serve all-you-can-drink red, white or sparkling wine or 300 yen (incl. tax) / hour without


To use the plan with Telespe, see their website here. Just send a friend a request to Telespe in Line, register your credit card, then show up during the plan hours (no reservations needed).

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Suggesting its OK to commute into Shinjuku, fill an enclosed space, drink all day, and just be sure to go home drunk by 8pm.

Seems like a great idea for fighting the spread of the virus while doing some "work".

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All you can drink wine and Zoom business meetings. Match made in heaven, lol.

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Looks a lot like the wine bar stapled 'Telework' on the side of their bar so they could stay open longer.

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Awful. Awful. Awful idea

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My company refuses Telework, because my boss thinks I will drink instead of working.

And here it says drinking during work is OK.

I will show this article to my boss.

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If you’re working from home (with full pay as I am), then it’s no ones damn business what you do.

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As a likely heavy drinker, I suggest you not tempt yourself during work with all you can drink wine or you may find yourself without a job at all very quickly. Better to minimize the drinking as much as possible if you have a taste for it. Seen some ruined lives because of a lack of boundaries.

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My company refuses Telework, because my boss thinks I will drink instead of working.

And here it says drinking during work is OK.

I will show this article to my boss.

Your boss might think that you're arguing in favor of drinking during work hours, which is exactly the thing they don't want. I would avoid showing this article to your boss.

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Common sense surely dictates that when teleworking, serve your wine in a coffee cup.

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There has to be a funny remark I can make, there has to...

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