Windowless offices are starting to appear on the Osaka skyline in ever increasing numbers.
Research has shown that productivity inside these offices is up to 20% higher compared to office buildings with windows. This is thought to be due to the elimination of outside distractions, which can cause a worker to look up from their desk instead of focusing on the job in hand.
One company president said the cost of converting his office building to a windowless one has already paid for itself. "My workers were spending far too much time looking out of the window at things like people. Or cute dogs. Now that I've had the windows bricked up, my workers are much happier," he said with a big smile.