Washington Post

In Japan, a revolutionary response to the pandemic: salarymen in shorts

File photo: AP/Manish Swarup

TOKYO - Picture the traditional grind of the Japanese salaryman: the corporate warrior in suit and tie, commuting to the office in a packed subway train, working long hours then drinking with his boss and coming home to a cramped Tokyo apartment.

Then imagine another type of worker - perhaps a woman - cycling to her office on a picturesque island, with an equally challenging career but spending her weekends by the sea, immersed in nature or relaxing in a hot spring...

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