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Back to the office? How Japan might work after COVID-19

Some companies talk of change yet lots of jobs revolve around a fixed workplace

ERI SUGIURA and AKANE OKUTSU, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- When Fujitsu assigned 43-year-old Takahiro Oono to a new job in the summer, he feared it would mean having to leave his family in western Japan and live alone in Tokyo -- until his employer offered him another option.

Oono was allowed to stay where he was and work remotely as part of a Tokyo-based team. "I was relieved," Oono said. "My private life stayed the same, so I was able to focus on my new job."

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