For many Japanese workers, offices probably don't really mean anything special other than merely being a place to work.

Although some firms are into spicing up offices with fancy furniture and layouts, these spaces are generally quite dull.

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a telework trend in Japan’s rigid business culture, some companies that have successfully managed a switch to remote systems this year are facing a tough question — what should they do with their now underused offices?