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November is Telework Month

Telework is a working style in which a worker utilizes information and communications technologies (ICT) and is able to work without being bound to the workplace. To promote this working style, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), academic experts and private businesses jointly established a Telework Promotion Forum. The forum has designated every November as Telework Month, and has been broadly calling for public participation in telework-encouragement activities.

Telework is a flexible employment style in which employees are able to have a good work-life balance while employers are able to improve business efficiency. As a variety of approaches are being taken for achieving the working style reform policy, interest in telework is growing.

In collaboration with the related office and ministries, METI has been conducting activities for popularizing telework and raising companies’ awareness of telework as an effort for promoting telework. In 2005, the four ministries related to telework promotion activities, i.e., MIC, MHLW, METI and MLIT, established the forum, an organization consisting of the government, industry and academia sectors. Since then, the forum has been conducting activities to popularize telework and promote it. It designated every November as Telework Month and will conduct the following activities.

1. Call for activities involving telework

During Telework Month, the forum will call for applicants who are engaging in telework activities, focusing on the following subjects: attempting or practicing telework, learning about or discussing telework, or encouraging or cooperating in telework. Individuals or organizations engaging in any of the activities above are eligible for the registration of their activities through the Telework Month website. After completing the registration, registered individuals or organizations can download a logo representing telework activities on the website.

2. Events to encourage telework: Change in working styles

The four ministries will jointly hold a symposium event as follows.

Date and time:
November 28 (Mon.), 2016, from 13:30 to 17:00
Sola City Hall, Ochanomizu (4-6 Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)

3. Public relations activities to raise public awareness of telework

As public relations activities during Telework Month, the ministries will distribute a video clip and put up a poster representing Telework Month.

Logo representing Telework Month

Release date

October 31, 2016

Division in Charge

Service Affairs Policy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Related Information

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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