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Japan Firms Ramping Up Remote Work amid Omicron Fears

Japan Firms Ramping Up Remote Work amid Omicron Fears

   Tokyo, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japanese companies are moving to further promote remote work by their employees following the rapid spread of the highly infectious omicron variant of the novel coronavirus.
   In a videoconference Thursday, economic revitalization minister Daishiro Yamagiwa, also in charge of the government's measures against the virus, asked leaders of the country's top three business lobbies, including the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, for stepped-up efforts to use remote work further in response to the worsening infection situation.
   Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made a similar request earlier this week.
   Acting on the government requests, Japanese industries are ready to redouble efforts to balance business continuity and the prevention of COVID-19 infections.
   On Friday last week, Mazda Motor Corp. <7261>, which has its headquarters in the western prefecture of Hiroshima, informed its staff of a decision to put in place stronger COVID-19 measures, including banning business trips, both domestic and overseas, as well as events and group dining in principle. The proportion of employees at office is being reduced to 30 pct or below at back-office sections of all domestic bases through the use of remote work.

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