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Japan staffing group pulls HQ functions out of Tokyo to an island

Pasona to reassign 1,200 employees, seeking to avoid overreliance on urban center

Pasona has tourism and other businesses on Awaji, an island in Japan's Inland Sea near Kobe. (Photo courtesy of Pasona)

TOKYO -- Japanese staffing heavyweight Pasona Group will move core functions at its Tokyo headquarters to an island near Kobe and relocate roughly 1,200 employees as workplace conventions shift in response to the coronavirus epidemic.

The move to Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture will occur gradually starting in September, with the transfers due to be completed by the end of May 2024. Group CEO Yasuyuki Nambu has been stationed at Awaji since April as a precaution against the pandemic.

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