One of the fastest-growing segments in the corporate world now are those that actually don’t have offices or the so-called “nomad workers”. These are people who can work anytime and anywhere with their laptops and mobile devices. Cafes and hotels around Japan are trying to accommodate and adjust to this market by providing facilities that are conducive for their lifestyle.
One of the more popular places for the “nomad workers” in Tokyo’sShinjuku Station is the Renoir coffee shop which installed 20 power outlets for those who are working on their laptops and would need electricity. Its operator Ginza Renoir Co has been installing more outlets in all their coffee shops in Tokyo, Saitama and Kanagawa Prefectures for the past decade, since people started getting the ability to work mobile and women and students have started becoming loyal patrons of the shops, which people in other countries call “coffice” (coffee office) since they did this.
The Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo‘s Minato Ward has also been getting into the action by setting up a business lounge in their N Tower while they were recently refurbishing their hotel. It started operations last March when the hotel reopened and includes partitioned desks, power outlets and even free Wi-Fi. They even sometimes offer free beverages as well. However, the lounge is only available for hotel guests although they’re considering offering it to more people in the future. The hotel’s general manager, Kiyoshi Mochizuki, said they want their visitors to “feel relaxed” and to make the lounge their office whenever they visit Tokyo.
For those who travel frequently or are often in need of places to work in, the Dengen Cafe website offers a list of the around 1,700 restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores and other places that have free power outlets in 37 prefectures, from Hokkaido to Okinawa. The list also tells you if the establishment has free wi-fi or if there are smoking and non-smoking sections.