FOCUS: As pandemic drags on, Japan getting comfortable with new workstyles – HEDGE accordingly

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted Japan Inc. to embrace more flexibility in workstyles but has also changed how employees see their jobs. Working remotely from home and taking online meetings have become the main ways to reduce human contact and infection risks. The forced transition coincided with Japan’s embryonic efforts in recent years to reform work in a country known for its rigid corporate culture and excessive office hours. Female participation in the labor market, especially for women in their 30s and 40s, has been on the rise. However, the jury looks still to be out on whether a …

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HEDGE accordingly