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Workaholics aboard: Japan bullet train to debut telework cars

Designated carriage to offer extra Wi-Fi capacity, chargers and encryption

Nozomi bullet trains in Japan will offer cushions and foldable partitions for riders' computers in their telework car. (Photo courtesy of Central Japan Railway)

TOKYO -- As Japanese companies increasingly embrace flexible work arrangements during the pandemic, even an operator of bullet trains is having to accommodate passengers who choose to telework during the 2.5-hour trip between Tokyo and Osaka.

Nozomi shinkansen trains connecting the two megacities will have a designated "telework" car with double the Wi-Fi capacity of other carriages, starting in October, Central Japan Railway said Thursday.

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