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To avoid Olympic crowds, Tokyo companies say skip the office

Ricoh will close headquarters during games, joining others in using telework

The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games in 2020 are expected to worsen the city's already heavy traffic and train congestion.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With the Olympic and Paralympic games expected to draw massive crowds to Tokyo next summer, Japanese companies are promoting remote work as a way to cope with congestion in the capital city.

Office equipment maker Ricoh has decided to close its headquarters in Tokyo's Ota Ward for two weeks during the 2020 Games. About 2,000 employees will work from home or at other locations, excluding those who need to be in the office for reasons such as meeting with customers or testing products.

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