Japanese commuters will be encouraged to work from home for one day in a nationwide exercise for the 2020 Olympics that authorities hope will ease congestion on roads and public transport.
Tokyo has declared July 24 exactly three years before the opening ceremony of the summer games — as “Telework Day” and wants firms and government departments to let employees work remotely.
|Japanese commuters in a train. Image credit: Facebook.|
London introduced a similar measure during the 2012 Olympics with 80 percent of businesses in the city participating, according to Japan’s Internal Affairs Ministry, which announced the plan on Tuesday.
Greater Tokyo, with a population of more than 30 million people about a quarter of Japan’s total is notorious for its packed trains and subways during peak morning rush hours.
The plan is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to rethink Japan’s workaholic tradition, where men routinely spend long hours in the office and little time with their families.