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Work Anywhere and Commute by Plane, Yahoo Tells Japan Employees

  • Yahoo Japan has an ‘office anywhere’ concept in the country
  • Company sets $1,300 commute budget to allow fly-ins for work

Yahoo Japan is telling its 8,000 employees they can work anywhere in the country -- and even be flown into work when the job requires it -- bucking the trend of companies looking to return workers to offices in the third year of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The program takes effect April 1 and allows employees to commute by plane, which wasn’t previously an option, the company said in a statement Wednesday. While Yahoo is best known for its internet portal in Japan, it’s a unit of SoftBank Group Corp.’s Z Holdings Corp., which also owns the Line messaging app and PayPay mobile payments service.