Box-shaped offices pop up inside Japan train stations
Railway companies in Japan are expanding their businesses by installing individual-use offices available to anyone in the commercial areas within train stations, called ekinaka in Japanese.
As work style reform – in this case, aiming to establish the practice of working anytime, anywhere – is being promoted, railway companies expect that this new style of offices within railway stations will generate a certain level of demand.
Ekinaka, which have mainly been used as commercial spaces, have become more diversified in their purposes.
Four box-shaped offices, which look like phone booths, were installed on Wednesday (Nov 28) inside the ticket gate at JR Shinagawa Station by East Japan Railway Co (JR East) as a demonstration experiment.
The facility, called “Station Booth”, has been developed for use as a private office inside a station.
Each booth is equipped with a desk, sofa, power outlet, free WiFi connection and heating, among other equipment.
Users can enjoy the fact that the booths are soundproof as well.