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Telework rate in Japan stands at 26 pct, way below govt goal

  • May 30, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 6:38 p.m.
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Tokyo, April 30 (Jiji Press)–The proportion of workers with office jobs in Japan who are working from home stood at 26.8 pct, much lower than the government’s goal of reducing office commuters by at least 70 pct, according to a survey.


By prefecture, the share of people working remotely was highest in Tokyo, at 51 pct, said the survey, conducted jointly by the health ministry and free messaging app provider Line Corp. <3938>.


The survey was conducted on April 12-13, before the government expanded the state of emergency to cover all prefectures, receiving responses from about 23.3 million people. It was the third such survey by the ministry and Line.


Of the seven prefectures first covered by the state of emergency, Tokyo was followed by Kanagawa, at 43 pct, Chiba, at 36 pct, and Saitama, at 32 pct. The other three prefectures–Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka–all had teleworking rates of below 30 pct.


The proportion stood below 5 pct in nine prefectures, including Iwate, Fukushima, Niigata and Shimane.


The survey also showed that 50.88 pct of respondents were practicing measures to avoid confined, crowded places and close contact, the three key conditions which experts say will increase coronavirus infection risks.


The figure rose some 10 percentage points from the previous survey conducted on April 5-6.


By prefecture, the proportion of people taking the precautionary measures was highest in Tokyo, at 59 pct, followed by Kanagawa, at 56 pct, Chiba, at 55 pct, and Saitama and Fukui, at 54 pct.



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