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Telework in the great outdoors with camping car

By Ben K, grape Japan

In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Japanese companies are finding new ways to make themselves useful, offering products and services which make teleworking easier and more effective. While some are focusing on technologies, others are repurposing existing services and facilities for the benefit of teleworkers. For example, mihaku, Inc now offers a very reasonably priced lunch and telework option at their three luxury Japanese restaurant chains in Kyoto and Osaka.

Another example is Native Caravan GK, who are now offering a service called Caravan Work, in which company employees who intend to telework can rent their camping cars at a special reduced price.

Caravan Work

As Native Caravan explains in their press release, many Japanese people are unaccustomed to teleworking, and as their company-mandated telework phase gets longer, the following issues are arising:

Insufficient communication between employees

Weakening of human relations

Errors in communication

In order to help improve this situation, Caravan Work can provide a new working style using a camper van, under the concept of "Meeting, Relaxation and Creativity."

Caravan Work can be used:

As a mobile office for work by a project team.

To change your work environment and take advantage of nature such as the sea and mountains, thereby combining work and refreshment.

As a private, isolated location for meetings with partners and clients in the city.

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Service overview


Objective: To promote enjoyable telework (can be used as part of a wellness management program)

Details: Camping cars are offered cheaply on weekdays only.

Price: 10,000 yen per day (excluding tax) ※ 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (usually 15,000 yen / day on weekdays and 30,000 yen / day during high season after 3/21)

Target: Corporate users


Use for business purposes with 4 or more people

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You need to pick up and return the camping car to Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Native Caravan GK reserves the right to determine your eligibility and is not obligated to disclose its reasons should you be refused.

You are responsible for the gasoline fee

To apply, please fill in the registration form at the following website.

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Great idea! Change of scenery every day!

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Use for business purposes with 4 or more people

Is that a bad translation of "for individuals at companies who employ four or more", or do they want at least four people to work in that? They'll be closer together than they would be at work. If you want to avoid the crush on the trains to your regular workplace, I recommend cycling.

I drive an old hybrid van, a Toyota Alphard, and it has a big inverter (1500W) like a camping car. In a country prone to natural disasters like Japan, the ability to use your car for backup power should not be underestimated.

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This sounds like a terrible idea. Stay at home.

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And if you’re infected with COVID-19, take your little buddy with you whereever you go, spread it around. Share the joy. SERIOUSLY?? Camper van hire has been banned in so many countries right now... WAKE UP JAPAN!

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This is awful. You should not be travelling at the moment, and you certainly can't social distance with colleagues in this van. How on earth can they legitimately promote this as a response to the virus. It's a disgrace.

the whole point of working from home is to STAY AT HOME.

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Ever look at the cost of buying one in Japan? Wow, crazy expensive.

Plus I have never seen locations where you can empty out the used water or toilets. This is not caravan country.

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Now, we all have the chance to work in car parks all over Japan.

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