The Japan Times

Flexible work styles adopted

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Now that remote working is widespread across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, companies in Japan are taking steps to accommodat­e a diverse range of working styles.

Firms are adopting measures such as abolishing employee transfers in principle and allowing workers to live anywhere in the country in an effort to attract talent.

Yahoo Japan Corp. last month started allowing employees to live anywhere in Japan, eliminatin­g the requiremen­t to live close enough to commute to the office by 11 a.m. if requested.

The Z Holdings Corp. unit made it possible for staff to commute by airplane and express train, covering up to ¥150,000 ($1,149) per month in commuting expenses.

“We want to continue such systems so that employees can select places where they can perform at their best, such as their homes or the office,” Yahoo Chief Conditioni­ng Officer Takayasu Yukawa said, noting that some employees prefer to work at the office due to specific circumstan­ces at home.

In order to improve working conditions, the company set up chairs with adjustable backrests near windows with nice views at its head office. The seats have become popular among employees.

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. plans to abolish transfers of employees to other offices in principle. The move covers about 200,000 employees in Japan, and the firm plans to allow them to work at any of the roughly 400 satellite offices in the country.

“We need to consider ways to hire and allocate workers, such as hiring people to fill positions in their local regions,” Ikuro Yoshioka, head of human resources at NTT, said.

Nihon Michelin Tire Co., the Japanese arm of French tire giant Michelin, plans to move its head office from Tokyo to its research and developmen­t base in the city of Ota in Gunma Prefecture in the summer of 2023.

“Productivi­ty has gone up thanks to teleworkin­g,” Nihon Michelin CEO Gen Sudo said.

 ?? REUTERS ?? An tag reading “For Remote Work” is attached to the jacket of a “Pajamas Suit,” that looks like a business suit for people working from home, created by Japanese retailer Aoki Holdings, at one of the company’s shops in Tokyo.
REUTERS An tag reading “For Remote Work” is attached to the jacket of a “Pajamas Suit,” that looks like a business suit for people working from home, created by Japanese retailer Aoki Holdings, at one of the company’s shops in Tokyo.

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