Low levels of digitalisation are a barrier to telework in Japan

Low levels of digitalisation are a barrier to telework in Japan

East Asia Forum·2020-06-20 20:00

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Author: Hiroaki Richard Watanabe, University of Sheffield

Despite its ‘high-tech’ image, Japan is in many ways relatively ‘low-tech’. While companies and governments in many countries shifted to ‘telework’ or ‘work from home’ to cope with the spread of COVID-19, many Japanese companies and government offices have been unable to adapt.

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chickenfeet 21/06/2020

Japan being a leader in technology had been widely using robotics in most of the homes. They even have pervasive use of cars which are fueled by gas. I think the Japanese are not slow but cautious in rendering digitalisation in their economy knowing the impact of intruding personal privacy. They are culturally a group of considerate and societal humans than most of us in SG who only have a one-track mindset, i.e. to boast of being first in the world.

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