Monday, January 08, 2007

Homeworking in Japan

The Japanese bilingual newspaper The Daily Yomiuri has this article about the Government looking at teleworking/homeworking schemes. "The government likely will establish a study panel of experts within the next fiscal year to work toward the full-fledged introduction of the so-called teleworking system for public servants, according to government sources. The teleworking system allows employees to work from home by using information technology to communicate with the workplace.

"By setting up a situation in which workers can communicate with their offices by phone, fax and the Internet, the government intends to utilize the idling workforce among public servants such as those on childcare or nursing care leave. As part of its e-Japan strategy, the government plans to increase the percentage of people utilizing the teleworking system to about 20 percent of the total workforce, including the private sector, by 2010. Within the government, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry introduced the teleworking system in September 2006. Under the system, six ministry employees who have preschool-age children designate a certain day of the week to work at home. Their workday, however, is identical to that of employees at the office, involving an eight-hour day from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., including a lunch break."

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