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Despite an expected punishing commute on already crowded trains and the spread of COVID-19, 73% of Japanese firms surveyed by Reuters aren’t considering letting workers telecommute during the Olympics

Despite an expected punishing commute on already crowded trains and the spread of COVID-19, 73% of Japanese firms surveyed by Reuters aren’t considering letting workers telecommute during the Olympics

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  1. Can’t have people out of the office. If everyone doing drudging office jobs starts to telecommute then two very terrible things will happen.

    First, all the bosses will be alone at the office and will have nobody to stand around and be bossy to. Do you know what that will do to their self esteem? Why, it’s almost like they are there to fulfill some company goal rather than stand around being important. How can you feel important if there’s nobody around to be impressed by your importance or for you to boss about to really make that importance felt.

    Second, there will no longer be any thinly veiled excuse that those jobs cannot be done via teleconference. It will destroy any tiny vestige of the image that a good worker comes to work early and leaves late. This is a basis for promotion in Japan.

    I know a guy who commutes to work for an hour and a half every day (that’s three hours of travel) to a job where he telecommutes to offices around the world. That’s right, he rides multiple trains to go to an office in order to telecommute. I have traveled with him. He has done his job from other countries. There is absolutely no reason to be in the office. He is allowed to work from home one day a month. He refuses to ask for more away time as then he won’t be seen in the office so he won’t get any bonuses or be considered for a promotion.

  2. Why the F is no politician ever talking about remote working?

  3. The company I work at on my current project will actually let their employees telecommute. Too bad I’m not actually their employee. The offices are 2 blocks from where the participants will live, rip my sub 1 hour commute.

  4. From what we hear in Taiwan, the Japanese are in total denial. For example, a man in Tokyo thought he had COVID19, but his doctor told him not to worry and take the subway to and from work as usual; otherwise, news of corona virus might upset the Olympics. As it turned out, his suspicions were right, and he had corona virus.

  5. This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-2020-japan-telework-idUSKBN20C00C) reduced by 84%. (I’m a bot)
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    > TOKYO – When Emi Tanimura failed to find a daycare slot for her new-born daughter, she had to take a radical step for Japan to avoid a long time away from her job at communications firm Sunny Side Up. She started working from home.

    > The push to encourage working from home chimes with a broader campaign by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government urging more flexible work hours to make it easier for women with children to take up jobs as Japan battles a severe labour shortage because of its fast-aging population.

    > Haghirian said the switching of roles leaves general workers needing more collective support: Work processes are not as clearly defined and documented as in Western companies, making it harder to work independently.

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