business

The battle over 11/11 is underway in Japan: Pocky vs every other business

Known traditionally as “Pocky Day” in Japan, 11 November may become “Good Shopping Day” before long.

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Impress clients and colleagues with the Nintendo Famicom controller business card case from Japan

Now there’s a perfectly valid excuse for keeping a video game controller in your pocket.

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Tokyo advertising company institutes mandatory lights-out time following employee suicide

You don’t gotta go home, but you can’t stay here.

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Japan’s new wave of farmers: the former bikers and gang members of Vegefru Farms

Rather than some social program saying farming is good for “troubled youth,” Vegefru Farms says “troubled youth” are the answer to farming’s prayers.

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New Japanese video chat program adds digital makeup to the faces of female telecommuters 【Video】

Shiseido now has a cosmetics-free way to change your appearance.

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30 things workers in Japan often find themselves thinking in their first six months on the job

Emotions can range from being ready to take on the world to “Man, I sure wish I was drunk right now.”

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Report: Anime Industry Up 12% in 2015

Industry market value estimated at 1.83 trillion yen

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20 signs that a woman should think about quitting the Japanese company she works for

While perseverance is a trait to be admired, there comes a point where “Suck it up, buttercup” is just terrible career advice.

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Cup Noodle Mystery Meat Festival sales suspended due to overwhelming demand

Generally mystery meat is something to be avoided, unless you’re talking about Cup Noodle brand mystery meat.

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Are anime and idol songs the musical choice of poor people? Income survey has some otaku worried

Anime has plenty of rousing anthems, but some are calling this data downright depressing.

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Pro illustrators earn shockingly little in Japan, according to Kyoto manga design professor

Low incomes possibly to blame for huge drop-off in number of working artists as they get older.

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Sales of Jun Mizutani Curry skyrocket, show why it pays to back your Olympic hopefuls

Yes, you, too, might become a double-medalist in the Olympics, but only if you eat your instant curry!

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Inside the mind of a Japanese manager accused of “power harassment”

Power harassment is a relatively newly defined but widespread form of workplace harassment in Japan where people abuse their rank by demeaning their subordinates. But why do people do it?

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How much would it cost Tokyo to recover from a Godzilla attack? Analyst gives the shocking answer

Famous for his ability to demolish buildings, the King of the Monsters would also be pretty adept at wrecking Japan’s finances.

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Here’s how the biggest social networking company in China compares to Facebook

There’s a new king of tech in China.

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Let’s learn how to properly sit in a chair in Japan from the pros

We’ve been doing it wrong this whole time, and probably so have you!

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Window in life when Japanese people can act like individuals is depressingly short, tweet asserts

Appreciate it while it lasts, because it won’t last long, say those who agree.

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Meeting at Hogwarts? Tokyo rental conference room is like a page from Harry Potter’s adventures

Not a fan of the boy wizard? Maybe you’d prefer to hold your meeting in the Wonderland room instead.

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Synchronized dance group World Order stars in new commercial showcasing basic business skills

The crisply suited men of World Order are here to teach you some basic Japanese business tricks (and advertise an energy drink while they’re at it).

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This is a pretty worrying chart for China’s demographic future

It’s no secret that many countries face looming demographics problems as their populations age.

Much has been written about developed markets like Japan, Germany, and Italy, which have the largest percentages of their populations age 65 and up.

But another country also deserves attention: China.

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