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Japan embraces 'workations' to revive tourist economy

Travel industry looks to capitalize on growing trend with government help

"This quietness has immersed me in my job," said Masashi Arai, on left, who enjoyed a workation in Toba in Japan's Mie prefecture. (Photo courtesy of Fixer)

TOKYO -- Bright sunlight and a distant horizon were the first sight that greeted Masashi Arai each morning from his hotel window in the seaside town of Toba, in central Japan, a stark contrast from the steel and glass towers Arai normally sees from his Tokyo Bay office -- and the perfect place to combine six weeks of work and leisure.

"This quietness immersed me in my job," Arai told the Nikkei Asian Review.

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