Keidanren to further promote telework

The chief of Japan's largest business group says his organization will encourage companies to further promote teleworking as a new state of emergency has now been declared.

Chairman Nakanishi Hiroaki of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, released a statement on Thursday after the government issued the declaration for Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures.

Nakanishi said he thinks the government made a grave decision for a second time in view of the surge in coronavirus infections and considering the views of experts, healthcare workers and relevant governors.

He said Keidanren will make sure businesses will take thorough prevention measures, such as washing hands, wearing masks and avoiding closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings.

He also said the group will tell businesses to take further steps to allow their employees to work from home.