Bullet train operators target teleworkers

Operators of Japan's Shinkansen bullet trains are making it easier for passengers to telework while they are riding the rails. The move comes as more people adopt flexible work arrangements amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Central Japan Railway and West Japan Railway will offer one car for remote workers on their Nozomi train services starting in October.

The trains connect major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka. They are used by many business travelers.

Time limits for free Wi-Fi will be eliminated on some cars, and wireless signals will be encrypted to ensure security.

Other extras include a cushion to place a personal computer on, and a privacy partition for the screen.

Operators of other Shinkansen routes have also been testing such services.

They hope to bring back business travelers as the pandemic has reduced the overall number of Shinkansen passengers.