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With hot springs and yoga, Matsue creates a teleworkers' paradise

Three-day trials to give big-city dwellers a taste of less stressful life

A traditional inn at Matsue's Tamatsukuri hot springs: The city hopes its charms will convince more people to settle here. (Photo from Matsue Travel Association's Facebook page)

MATSUE, Japan -- Blessed with hot springs and beautiful scenery, the bucolic city of Matsue wants to provide a retreat for stressed-out telecommuters from the big city -- with the hope of convincing them to permanently settle and work here.

Nestled in Shimane Prefecture in western Japan, Matsue plans to launch a three-night program in September for residents of major metropolitan areas like Tokyo, allowing them to work remotely during the day and enjoy Matsue's food scene and other offerings when they are off the clock.

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