— Green-working Is Smarter
Financially supported by the Ministry of the Environment, national parks across Japan have improved their WiFi access and create actual workstations among the trees, dedicated to all the people who work remotely but who don’t want to confine themselves to the house.
The phenomenon has been named “workation”, meaning work + vacation. Although people are still wary of long-distance travel, the proposal to make parks outside the city more tech is a first step towards returning to movement and trips out of town, trying to support local economies.
“We want people to engage in remote work while relaxing in an environment away from their usual daily life,” says an administrator at the Setonaikai National Park hotel. And since the Japanese are the ones who believe in a good example, we recently also saw the environment minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, taking part in an important meeting comfortably seated at his workstation in the middle of a lush national park.