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Telework from Okinawa? Japan's remote-friendly job listings surge

Employers widen their search for scarce talent in tech sector and sales

Desperate to secure tech talent, many Japanese companies are offering telework options for employees. 

TOKYO -- With the protracted pandemic forcing businesses to embrace telecommuting and other flexible arrangements, more Japanese employers are scrapping geographical requirements for workers, particularly in hotly competitive fields like engineering and online sales.

Recruitment agency BizReach says this June's proportion of such job listings was 13.2 times that in February 2020, the month before COVID-19 cases began to rise sharply in Japan. Most of the listings are for full-time positions with the option of going remote.

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