About 70 percent of the population in Tokyo live in often cramped apartments, so when some workers began telecommuting during the pandemic, many did so from their cars, The Guardian reported.
Accessories to help work in cars proliferated, from computer stands fitted for steering wheels, folding desks, fans, portable batteries and screens to block distractions from the street, newspaper said.
Many other solutions abounded in a country often short on space.
In Kawasaki, the Tokyu Railway Company converted old train carriages into remote-working spaces, available to rent. The company also made some of its ticket kiosks at stations available as shared office spaces.
Reduced commuting and thus a reduced need for ticketing services freed up the kiosks.
For those with the luxury of an outdoor garden, the so-called Hanare Zen garden shed, a small home-office building, can be constructed in two days, according to the newspaper. It measures a petite three by six feet and is equipped with electric sockets and a counter desk — and little else — for a cost of about $5,000.
KI Star Real Estate, a housebuilder, began taking orders for the shed on Sept. 6.
“It is designed for people who have difficulty in finding a comfortable space to work in their home and don’t want to get in the way of their family,” Chisa Uchiyama, a spokesperson for KI Star Real Estate, told The Guardian.