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Coronavirus

Itochu and Keyence lead Japan's return to the office

Companies find individual answers for productivity on site versus at home

Commuters in Tokyo: Though many companies have experimented with teleworking amid the pandemic, not all see it as a long-term possibility.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Itochu and Keyence quickly brought workers back to the office after the nationwide state of emergency caused by the coronavirus was lifted, as companies across Japan consider whether teleworking is a viable option for them over the long term.

Office workers wearing masks filed into Itochu's headquarters in Tokyo on May 26, the day after the government ended its nearly two-month state of emergency in the capital. The trading house gradually brought more employees back to the office and now expects everyone across Japan to come in, except under special circumstances.

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