Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT) announced that it plans to increase the percentage of employees working from home from 50% to 70% as a response to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic.
NTT’s decision, which has a domestic workforce of 200,000 people, will affect people at both the parent company and companies in the NTT group, including mobile carrier NTT Docomo Inc. IN NTT’s announcement it said that its new work at home goals will primarily affect workers in the affairs and planning departments.
KDDI Corporation, which is NTT’s biggest rival, and the operator of the "au" mobile phone service, announced that it plans to implement similar measures.
The moves by both NTT and KDDI are in response to the government’s request that Japanese companies have at least 70% of their employees work at home.
NTT said it its announcement that it “will combine teleworking and employees' summer holidays to ensure that fewer people will be present at offices for the time being, and that it will limit gatherings by its employees, including dinners with their clients.”
Japan “officially” lifted it’s state of Covid-19 emergency restrictions at the end of May, but the increase in infections in Tokyo and other major cities in the country have fueled government, corporate and public fears that a second wave of the Covid-19 virus is now occurring across the country.
According to the WordoMeters.info website, as of August 1st, Japan has recorded 35,836 cases of Covid-19 in the country, and 1,011 people have died because of the virus.
Japan is afraid that because of the population density of major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo that if the government is ineffective in controlling the virus spread that it could quickly cause community clusters across the country.