Matsue City Tests Link between Teleworking, Stress Levels

Society

Matsue, Shimane Pref., Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)--The city of Matsue in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, has embarked on an experiment to find out whether teleworking in the regional city helps reduce the stress levels of businesspeople working in major cities.

The city hopes the experiment will demonstrate the health-promoting benefits of teleworking, or working outside regular workplaces using information and communications technology.

Positive results will encourage regional cities to attract more people from large cities and companies to launch new businesses in the mental health and teleworking fields, Matsue city officials said.

Eleven parties participate in the experiment, including the city of Matsue, information technology companies, such as Microsoft Japan Co., and Shimane University.

The subjects are 40 businesspeople, mainly engineers and consultants, working at six IT firms in major cities, including Tokyo and Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan.

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