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Implementation Policy for the 2019 Telework Days Campaign Released

January 31, 2019

On January 31, 2019, the Inter-Ministerial Liaison Conference for Teleworking, consisting of vice ministers and other officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), held a meeting and determined an implementation policy for the 2019 Telework Days Campaign. METI hereby announces the implementation policy.

Outline of the Telework Days Campaign

In collaboration with related ministries, agencies and associations, MIC and METI designated July 24, the day on which the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held, as Telework Day, and they have been taking initiatives to encourage companies and entities across Japan to conduct telework every July 24 and this will continue until 2020. In 2017, the first year of the campaign, 63,000 people from approximately 950 associations participated in the campaign. In the second campaign called “2018 Telework Days Campaign” in 2018, the ministries expanded the period of the campaign and the target number of companies and encouraged companies to participate in the campaign. As a result, over 300,000 people in total from 1,682 associations participated. This shows the growth of the campaign to a nationwide popular movement.

On January 31, 2019, the Inter-Ministerial Liaison Conference for Teleworking, consisting of vice ministers and other officials of MIC, MHLW, METI and MLIT, held a meeting and determined an implementation policy for the 2019 Telework Days Campaign as shown in Appendix 1. As Japan has one year before hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the ministries decided further expanded period for running the 2019 Campaign than before aiming to encourage more people to participate in the campaign.

METI will publicize details for how to apply for registration to participate in the campaign soon after specifics are fixed.

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