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JASRAC called “evil” for wanting to collect royalty fees for music recorded during weddings

And don’t even think of getting married in silence, because you’d be ripping off John Cage.

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Coca-Cola Japan in trouble as slumping sales, other problems put it in the red

Higher prices, lower asset values are hurting the soft drink king.

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High-end karaoke chain invites anyone to come in for water and rest even if not a customer

Pasela’s gesture is simple but effective, and receiving lots of praise.

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Japanese curry chain Coco Ichibanya to open a branch in India next year

Can Japan’s version of an Indian dish survive in Delhi, the curry metropolis?

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Major retailer in Japan announces it will be “cumming soon”

TMI, Aeon…TMI.

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Pokémon Company’s profits have grown 1,200 percent in five years, Japanese report says

Apparently “pika pika” translates to “ka-ching!”

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Over 20 percent of Burger Kings in Japan suddenly vanishing this month

Find out which locations survived the snap.

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Why was the 2,000-yen bill left out of Japan’s yen redesign, and how does it feel about the snub?

We interview Japan’s least-popular form of currency and the only bill not to be getting a slick new face-lift in the near future.

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Customer receives special treat with his package: edible packing!

When “DO NOT EAT” becomes just “EAT,” life is good.

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Now is your final chance to visit the last Sunkus standing in Tokyo

It’s the end of an era for the once prolific convenience store chain.

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Buying a can of coffee from an unmanned, AI-controlled kiosk in Tokyo

Mr. Sato goes on a speed coffee run with no humans to hold him up…or are there?

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Lawson begins first self-service convenience store in Tokyo, no line-ups necessary

Just scan the item you want with your smartphone and walk out.

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Japan’s KFC chains fall behind on profits, needs to up the spices to meet the prices

The Colonel’s company can’t convince enough customers to cram their chops with chicken, and that has cold hard cash consequences.

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Shinkansen safety staff made to sit right next to bullet trains running at 300km/h

Is fear the best teacher?

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Parking lot in Aomori charges 5,000 yen per hour, one person spent 65,000 yen in a single park

The really surprising thing is that some people actually took them up on the offer.

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Frustrated foreigner living in Japan calls Japanese punctuality a half-truth

Sometimes Japanese people stick to a schedule, and sometimes they don’t, he says.

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McDonald’s Japan apologizes for “tooth-like” fragments found in Sausage Egg McMuffin

It’s unclear what the foreign matter is as of yet, but the company isn’t taking any chances with how they handle the situation.

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Working at Osaka shrimp company has only one rule: Don’t do any work that you don’t want to do

Working hours at this shrimp processing and packaging plant are outlined as: “Whenever the heck you feel like it.”

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Manga publisher stops shrink-wrapping collected volumes, sees huge sales jump from new policy

Turns out even physical media benefits from a free trial, one of Japan’s largest manga publishers learns.

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Tokyo companies’ late-night overtime habits exposed in time-lapse YouTube video channel【Videos】

In the busiest city in a country famous for working employees to death, Tokyo Workers hopes to help people find the work/life balance they desire.

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