Tokyo authorities are prepping for next year's Olympic Games by holding a large-scale trial this summer involving around 10,000 metropolitan government employees taking staggered commutes, teleworking and other initiatives.

The experiment will be held for a total of 20 days from July 22 to Aug. 2 and again from Aug. 19 to Aug. 30, almost matching the duration of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.

During the experiment, the Tokyo metropolitan government will designate five days when employees don't commute by trains and buses between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. to ease congestion on trains and roads.

To promote teleworking, the metropolitan government plans to distribute portable PCs to all 10,000 employees working at its main offices in Shinjuku Ward before the Olympics kick off.

It will designate days when 2,800 employees who have already been given a portable PC all work away from their offices during the trial.

To accomplish that, temporary satellite offices are to be set up at 20 sites in Tokyo, including city government offices in the Tama area in the western part of the capital.

The number of employees who commute to work will be reduced to one-third on four days during the experiment, according to metropolitan government officials.

The number of vehicles entering and exiting the metropolitan government offices in Shinjuku will be also reduced.

Paperless meetings are planned, with a goal to reduce garbage by 40 percent. The metropolitan government will also call on employees to bring their own boxed lunches and water tumblers to work.

The garbage produced in the period will be stored in meeting rooms. Office supplies will be delivered in advance.

The metropolitan government is asking private companies to adopt similar measures.

“We want to be seen as setting an example to others," said an official.

A section chief in his 50s welcomed the trial and plans to commute to his office one hour early at 8 a.m. saying, “I want to use the one hour I gain to read a book after work.”

Another section chief in his 40s said that he plans to take his children to kindergarten, work at home until 10 a.m. and then head to the office.

It will be the first time for him to experience teleworking.

“It might be a bit troublesome for me to communicate with my colleagues until I get used to it,” he said.

The Tokyo Olympics will be held July 24 to Aug. 9 and the Paralympics from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6 in 2020.