Tokyo gov’t asks commuters to work remotely as 2020 Olympics nears

Quite the unusual request
by Leandre Grecia | Jul 18, 2019
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Work-from-home setups are becoming quite common nowadays, as tech at our disposal continues to revolutionize the workplace. These setups not only help maintain the well-being of employees, but also aid in decongesting traffic for busy cities as well.

One such city is Tokyo, Japan, where the 2020 Olympic Games will be held on July 24 to September 6 next year. Tokyo’s chaotic streets will get even busier during the games, and its leaders are looking to alternative solutions to better manage the projected heavy traffic.

The Japanese government recently launched its ‘Telework’ campaign for 2019, wherein participants will work from home for two full weeks as a full-fledged test prior to the 2020 Olympics. The testing will commence from July 22 to August 2, and a second period will resume on August 19 to 30. The government is hoping more than 600,000 commuters from 3,000 companies will participate in the experiment.

A report from CNN says that daily, over 20 million people use public transport in the greater Tokyo area. Also, a daily average of 3.65 million passengers pass through the Shinjuku Station—the Guinness World Record holder of busiest station in the world.

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We’re eager to see the results of Tokyo’s traffic management campaign. What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

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