A Japanese government survey has found 34.6 percent of respondents experienced teleworking due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Cabinet Office said Sunday.
The survey also showed that many young residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area are interested in moving to other regions.
In the Tokyo area, 55.5 percent of the respondents regularly or sporadically worked remotely.
Regarding what should be done to further the spread of teleworking, many mentioned changes to staff meetings and decision making, digitization of documents and accelerated moves to paperless offices, as well as improvements in access to internal systems at companies.
Of the respondents in their 20s living in the Tokyo metropolitan area, 27.7 percent said they have grown more interested in moving to other regions, including those whose interest increased somewhat amid the pandemic.
The percentage was higher at 35.4 percent among those living in Tokyo’s densely populated 23 wards. In the Osaka and Nagoya areas, 15.2 percent said their interest in moving to other regions had grown.
The survey also found 70.3 percent of respondents raising children said they spend more time with their families than before the COVID-19 crisis. More than a third — 34.1 percent — said they had learned how to better share housework and child care duties with their spouses.
“We now have an excellent opportunity to correct the overconcentration (of people and businesses) in Tokyo and accelerate work-style reforms and digitization at once,” economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told a recent news conference.
Relevant measures will be included in the government’s upcoming economic and fiscal policy guidelines, he added.
The survey was conducted online between May 25 and June 5, with valid responses from 10,128 people.