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A Solution to Japan’s Overwork: Sleep in an Upright ‘Nap Box’

An artist illustration of a vertical nap box.
An artist illustration of a vertical nap box.Source: Itoki Corp.

Japan’s Itoki Corp. and Koyoju Gohan KK are partnering to release vertical “nap boxes” to help bring a healthier office culture to the country.

The partnership was born out of a business-matching event where Tokyo-based Itoki, a furniture specialist, came in contact with plywood supplier Koyoju Gohan from Hokkaido. The two signed a license agreement on Thursday and Koyoju Gohan is now in the design process for the nap box. Pricing and availability haven’t yet been decided.