business

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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Sanrio’s President reveals why Hello Kitty teams up with so many different brands

And it’s not just to boost Hello Kitty’s sales.

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Japanese Princess Kako-brand diapers to go on sale in China, without permission of course

When buying diapers, go with a name you can trust.

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Yakuza currently threatening Japan’s sea cucumbers

Who needs drugs, gambling, and prostitution when there’s an ocean full of slimy black gold for the taking?

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App that buys your receipts crashes within hours of release due to too many users

ONE person’s trash is another’s treasure.

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Japanese woman fed up with being expected to serve male coworkers tea shatters corporate culture

Frustrated professional busts up her office’s outdated “tea squad” tradition with a perfectly salted comeback.

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Japan sees huge growth in jobs in the “cleaning up the homes of old people who die alone” field

Demand grows more than 10 times in size in just five years as Japanese family dynamics change.

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Okayama buses strike by continuing to run and refusing to take anyone’s money

If this tactic fails, drivers may even consider letting people cross the white line while the bus is in motion.

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Japanese company is so kind it mails out condolence gifts if it can’t give applicants a job

Getting turned down for a job hurts, but one company wants to do what it can to help job-hunters bounce back from a rejection.

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After four years Cool Japan is “4.4 billion yen in the hole” and continuing to show few results

What happened? You used to be Cool, Japan!

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