Working from home: many Japanese keen


Would you like to work from home? graph of japanese statisticsRather appropriately for today, a day where snow, or according to the news I just watched, over-caution about snow, resulted in massive train delays all over the Tokyo area, the Japan Telework Association released a survey into working styles.


Between the 25th and 29th of September 2015 39,929 members of the NTT Com Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. \59.0% of the sample were male, 0.2% in their teens, 4.5% in their twenties, 16.6% in their thirties, 30.0% in their forties, 27.2% in their fifties, 15.8% in their sixties, and 5.6% aged seventy or older. Furthermore, the sample was whittled down to 22,916 people aged between 20 and 69 and in work, either full-time or part-time. From that sample, 43.7% used email for work frequently every day, 12.9% used email once or twice per day, 24.4% used it less than once a day, and 19.0% never. Finally, these 18,565 mail users became the sample for the questions below.

I purposely avoid checking work email from home; I could if I wanted set up my phone to receive mail, but I don’t see why I should do work on my own tab, and anyway, nothing exciting enough happens in the evenings to merit checking email. On the other hand, most of the management I have known in Japan are obsessive micro-managers, so I feel they have to keep in touch to prove their own worth.

Research results

Q1: Do you check work email when out of the office? (Sample size=18,565)


Q2: Compared to three years ago, how has your frequency of checking work email when out of the office changed? (Sample size=18,565)

Perhaps increased a little20.3%
Not changed55.0%
Perhaps decreased a little2.4%

Q3: If you had access to mail and telephone, do you think you could work without going to the office? (Sample size=18,565)

If I were to commute only when needed, I could do telework without any problems20.1%
If I went to the office two or three days a week I could telework the rest of the time11.6%
I could telework one day per week18.4%
I couldn’t work without going to the office every day49.8%

Q4: Would you like to work from home? (Sample size=16,908, those who don’t work from home)

Perhaps would38.6%
Don’t really want to27.4%
Don’t want to13.5%

Q5: Have you every worked from home? (Sample size=18,565)

Yes, currently doing so8.9%
Have done so5.2%
Never done so83.6%
Never actually worked at an office2.2%
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