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Lenovo Japan tells workers to stay home during Tokyo Olympics

Tech company creates game plan to avoid potential subway paralysis

A new national stadium is being built in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. Japan's capital expects congestion in its transit system during the 2020 Olympics.

TOKYO -- No employees of Lenovo Japan will commute to their office during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo under a plan unveiled Tuesday that was devised in response to the anticipated spike in train ridership and road traffic in the capital.

The Japanese unit of Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group will close its offices for 19 days next year from July 23 to Aug. 10. The company's roughly 2,000 workers will get two special days off in addition to the national holidays sandwiching the Olympics, which will take place from July 24 to Aug. 9. They will work remotely on the company's eight business days during the period.

The plan covers four affiliates including Motorola Mobility Japan and NEC Personal Computers. Some workers at repair centers and factories will be excluded.

Lenovo Japan hopes the shutdown will enhance employee satisfaction, and is considering a similar program in 2021 and beyond. The company wants to offer a smart work environment, President David Bennett said.]

Other Japanese companies operating in Tokyo, such as Ricoh, NEC and Fujitsu, are planning similar contingency plan to cope with the expected congestion during the summer games.

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