Not sure if this is the right place to post something like this - but I am curious about the following:
With the recent virus-related push to remote working, what would it take for some small/medium software companies to leave the big cities in Honshu and go to settle in the countryside / Hokkaido?
For sure if you are young single person, the city life may be more attractive - but if you have a young family or attracted by outdoors, the quality of life might be a good tradeoff and a great option for companies to differentiate themselves?
At the end of the day with the shinkansen you are back in Tokyo in a handful of hours (maybe quicker by plane if needed), there are subsidized International Schools and no need for A/C in summer.
(Btw this is a real question not an advertisement of some sort.). Is it the lack of developers? Would local tax incentives or other relocation schemes make a difference?
(To give a bit of background to ppl interested, I was a software engineer a long time ago and changed career. I moved in Hokkaido (Niseko) 8 years ago and since then I always wondered why more companies are not making similar moves).
Looking forward to read your answers - and stay safe everyone!