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Japan Inc. embraces co-working spaces to combat overwork

Outposts near employee homes allow for efficient work schedules

Inside one of Mitsui Fudosan's Workstyling facilities.

TOKYO -- A growing number of Japanese businesses are signing up to make shared office spaces available to employees who hope to work more efficiently by reducing travel times, part of a broader effort to improve work-life balance.

Hitachi plans to offer around 600 seats at 30 co-working facilities run by Tokyo-based Xymax in the greater capital area. The facilities are shared by workers from multiple companies and feature both common spaces and private offices, conference rooms and phone booths to protect confidential information. Some 30,000 personnel at Hitachi and group members including Hitachi High-Technologies, Hitachi Solutions and Hitachi Systems can use these spaces.

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