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Kokuyo envisions 'work pods' at offices in Japan's new normal

Furniture and stationery maker redesigns post-pandemic workspace

Kokuyo's new office will feature a living room-esque area for workers to meet an exchange ideas. (Photo courtesy of Kokuyo)

OSAKA -- With the coronavirus pandemic set to transform Japanese offices, furniture and stationery maker Kokuyo is dealing with the blow to its traditional businesses by looking ahead to the contactless, digitally oriented offices of the future.

The company in July rolled out the Work Pod, a one-person booth that gives workers a closed space where they can focus on paperwork or online meetings, with a feature that automatically recirculates the air inside every 30 seconds.

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