“Digital Nomad” Lifestyle
With the ongoing pandemic, for 2 months from April 2nd to June 2nd I was in Okinawa and I understood that company management was possible remotely.
During that time, I got rid of the Tokyo office, and was able to clarify, without specific working hours, the staffs’ attitudes that emphasized results. Every Monday we have our morning Zoom meetings, but, other than that, if someone needs something we can call by phone. Email takes time and effort, so I try not to communicate this way. Instead, I send short messages via LINE or Facebook Messenger. But ultimately, if you want something done right away, I think phones as a way of communication are the best tool.
Before coronavirus, I was only in Tokyo half of the time. I also have companies in Los Angeles, Zhuhai (China), and Estonia, so without regard for day, time, or location, I’m able to work. Life in Okinawa is like a long business trip abroad kind of feeling.
In these two months with the pandemic, as I’ve been enjoying the nature of Okinawa, I’ve started a new work reform, launched a publishing company, began an online live entertainment business, and was able to do my own writing. In the background of all of this, are my beautiful staff. Thanks to them, I’m able to move forward smoothly. I’m so grateful!
With the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus, remote work is increasing, and the concept of living has completely changed. As the world changes, living like “digital nomads” becomes a reality. I think digital nomads are also a part of DX (Digital Transformation).
Such a lifestyle would not be possible without ICT（Information and Communication Technology).
The function of the city in the first place is that a highly matured community is created by gathering many people and things. In post-corona, with the implementation of 5G, you won’t need the city because you will be able to create a virtual city. On top of the leaving the city, the number of people who are accustomed to moving will increase. This does not mean the rural shutter town becomes the new lifestyle, but that as long as a place has a strong communication network and a comfortable life (a place with furniture attached, so you can start your life immediately, or a place with abundant nature, etc.), then you can live anywhere you want.
The leading post-corona companies are companies like Hoshino Resorts with its efforts to make digital nomads comfortable, and ADDress, which offers vacant houses all over the country to all-you-can-eat (subscription) with a monthly fee of ¥40,000 (roughly around $400 USD),
Instead of imitating Tokyo halfway, it’s better for the countryside to continue to embrace its nature like before and have an environment equipped for 5G with places to stay like Airbnbs. I used to think that it was wonderful to see everyone enjoying having a pond in an ordinary residential area in Linz, the third largest city in Austria.
I look forward to things like this to take shape in Japan, as well.