Japan's largest business group, Keidanren, is pledging more efforts to encourage telework following the declaration of a new state of emergency.
In a meeting with business groups on Friday, the minister in charge of the coronavirus response asked companies to allow more remote working. Nishimura Yasutoshi said the firms should reduce the number of staff going to offices by 70 percent.
Keidanren, or the Japan Business Federation, plans to conduct a survey in late January to find out if companies are doing enough to achieve the target.
Koga Nobuyuki, chairman of the group's Board of Councillors, emphasized that it's important to work to prevent the spread of infection while allowing some social activities to continue.
Koga also called on the government to take more measures to reduce infections among younger people.