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November is Telework Month

Telework is a working style in which a worker utilizes information and communications technologies (ICT) to work outside the confines of a specific workplace or working schedule. 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 calling for public participation in telework-encouragement activities through a broad range of media.

Telework is a flexible employment style that allows employees to achieve a good work-life balance and employers to improve business efficiency. As a variety of approaches are being taken to advance the Working Style Reform Policy, public interest in telework is growing.

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

telework logo

1. Call for activities involving telework

During Telework Month, the forum will call for applicants who are engaging in telework activities in the following categories: attempting or practicing telework, learning about or discussing telework, or encouraging or cooperating in telework, to register as telework enterprises. 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 an official logo representing telework activities from the website for use in their promotional materials.

2. Events to encourage telework: Changing working styles

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

Date and time:
November 27 (Mon.), 2017; from 13:30 to 17:00
Sola City Hall, second floor of the Ochanomizu Sola City Conference Center, (4-6 Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)

Release date

October 25, 2017

Division in Charge

IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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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