Those of you who visit Japan or do business with the Japanese will learn that they are very much focused on working and getting business done. Work and social life are melted together to the point that even at a wedding, the bride and groom have their bosses give speeches and toast to the success of the young couple. Japan is surely unique in its business practices. A holiday, and a way to get away from the city is what local governments are now promoting.
There is a new form of teleworking conducted in several prefectures in Japan that are known for vacations. Imagine going to Nagano (hosted Winter Olympics), and Wakayama prefectures and working on platforms designed by the WAJ, Working Alliance of Japan, to work while on vacation. These two prefectures are working to develop a system that will bring together the strength of local governments and the average citizen who wants to get away from the 2020 Olympics next summer.
There are 23 other local governments that have similar workation promotion programs. The issue is that Japanese tend to congregate in the larger cities with Tokyo now having 36 million residents and these programs in the outer prefectures are to boost a more balanced approach to spreading the population.