Japan embraces new work styles

Japanese firms are increasingly looking to capitalize on the pandemic-led shift to remote work.
Some are touting so-called "workations" as a way to combine business with pleasure.

Four companies have teamed up to offer corporate clients working-vacation programs at a resort site.

Mitsubishi Estate runs the location. Travel agency JTB handles accommodation and sales. The firms started selling packages in April.

The site offers ample opportunity for outdoor relaxation and fun, but also comes set up with facilities for work.

Government officials are also pushing a greater diversity in work styles. They're considering a system that would allow people to work for one employer just four days a week.

They predict some people would be tempted to use their extra time off to take second jobs in areas outside big cities -- a shift that could help revive regional economies.

The government would consider offering subsidies for transportation and accommodation expenses.