business

7-Eleven to build 7-Eleven in parking lot of another 7-Eleven

Japanese convenience stores have everything, even passive-aggressiveness!

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From April onward all price tags and ads in Japan must reflect final cost with sales tax included

Retailers and stores rush to implement new rule.

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AI translation company Rozetta bans staff from speaking a foreign language at work

The company’s AI machine translation programs eliminate the need for anyone to speak a language other than their own, they say. 

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Yakuza leadership airs complaints about COVID-19’s effect on money gains and operations

Nothing to shed tears over, really.

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Goodbye katanuki? Japanese festival game may go extinct thanks to the pandemic

The only makers of katanuki pieces may have to close their doors forever if the pandemic continues much longer.

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Japanese restaurant from the Edo Period forced to close due to coronavirus pandemic

Serving diners since the days of the samurai and once loved by famous writers like Natsume Soseki, this long-standing business will soon be no more.

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Nintendo’s victory over MariCar finalized by Supreme Court of Japan

The final shell was cast in the long legal battle, and it was a blue one.

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Nintendo’s “God-like” customer service warms hearts again, this time helping a husband in Japan

Solving a mystery and saving a marriage is all in a day’s work for this beloved Japanese gaming company.

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Shortage of chocolatey milk enhancer Milo has Japanese resellers licking their chops

Truly the winter of our discontent.

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Someone asked Nintendo President Satoru Iwata to lay off workers, and his response was awesome

Late video game boss said the words every employee wants to hear.

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Face mask distributer imprisoned in sex shop by yakuza for 11 hours

All in a day’s work for a medical supply dealer.

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Japanese company creates “business card masks” that put your name and workplace on your face

Handy mnemonic helper, or complete sacrifice of privacy?

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Japanese clothing chain offers an answer to job-hunting suit conundrum

Yofuku no Aoyama suggests a new suit service to suit job-seeking students.

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Sega’s troubles continue as parent company asks hundreds of employees to to quit their jobs

Search for volunteers is accompanied by executive pay cuts.

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Government plan has everyone talking about a 17-day-long New Year holiday

Suga administration hopes everyone doesn’t party quite like it’s 1999 this year.

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Osaka icon loses legs, restaurant says famous crab is exhausted

After losing its giant fugu blowfish, people are now worried about the health of the city’s big crustacean. 

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Tokyo temple holds funeral for personal seals in effort to reform outdated business practice【Vid】

Monk chants sutras in farewell to a business tool that doesn’t mesh with telecommuting.

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This work pod built for two could be the new way to have face-to-face meetings in Japan【Photos】

For when you need to talk in-person, but don’t want to breathe each other’s breath.

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One of Japan’s largest financial companies offers four-day weekend plan for all employees

Mizuho employees will get to chose how much they want to work.

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Company uses empty buses to create giant maze after tours drop due to COVID-19【Video】

A very different kind of bus tour for tourists.

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