Japanese government to ask firms to ensure at least 70 percent of staff work from home
Japan Times -- Jul 27
The Japanese government will ask the business community to ensure that each company has 70 percent or more employees work from home, economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said Sunday.

The government will also call on businesses not to hold large-scale gatherings, including drinking parties, Nishimura, who is leading the government’s virus response effort, told a news conference.

He said that the government will make the requests as coronavirus cases have been increasing across Japan. Nishimura said that the proportion of commuters once fell to 20 to 30 percent of previous levels but recently rose back to some 70 percent.

“Businesses should not step back but maintain the proportion of teleworking through various ways of working,” he said.

The government will also urge businesses to comply with coronavirus prevention guidelines, promote staggered commuting, have employees with poor health conditions stay at home and promote the introduction of the health ministry’s contact-tracing smartphone app.

全国的に新型コロナウイルスの感染者が増加するなか、西村経済再生担当大臣は経済界に改めて感染防止策の徹底を呼び掛ける考えを示しました。  西村経済再生担当大臣:「一時期は7、8割、通勤する人が減っていたが、今、3割減くらいまで上がってきています。ぜひ、テレワーク後戻りすることなく、多様な働き方のなかで維持してほしい」  西村大臣は経済界に対してガイドラインの順守を求めたうえで、従業員の7割をテレワークにして時差通勤を行うことや大人数での会合を控えるなど再び感染防止策の徹底を促す考えを明らかにしました。また、週内にも新型コロナ感染症対策分科会を開いて専門家とともに感染拡大の状況を分析し、今後の対策を議論する方針を示しました。
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