convenience store

7-Eleven store resorts to cute illustration and heartfelt message to help sell excess pasta

Honesty, sincerity, and a bit of creativity can go a long way in solving mistakes.

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7-Eleven to hire “Sweets Ambassador” with pay of 7.11M yen for one social media post a week

Working out to 600,000 yen (US$5,600) a month, jobs don’t get much sweeter than this.

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Elderly Hyogo man touches convenience store clerk’s breast, buys all the fried chicken, runs away

Sometimes even all the nuggets and hot dogs in the world can’t absolve an evil deed.

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Japanese convenience stores showing “hardening of society” with touch-screen age verification?

Seniors especially irked by the mechanical process, but most people agree it’s kind of pointless anyway.

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Japanese customer finds run-in with “Indian” convenience store clerk a refreshing experience

Sometimes good customer service means calling a jerk a “jerk.”

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Car accident reminds us of the obvious dangers of driving while eating instant ramen

Friends don’t let friends drive and eat ramen at the same time.

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Osaka convenience store asks customers to muffle their “buree-buree” sounds while in the toilet

Request met with mixed reaction from praising its frankness to pointing out the impossibility of it.

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Snack attack! Fried udon munchies let noodle lovers enjoy their favorite dish anywhere!

Finally, a way to eat these delicious spongy white noodles on the go. You don’ wanna miss it!

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We taste-tested 10 convenience store roll cakes for Roll Cake Day!

June 6 was Roll Cake Day in Japan, and while we’ve never needed an excuse to stuff ourselves full of cake, we took full advantage of the occasion anyway by sampling TEN convenience store roll cakes!

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We try a dish from Japan’s Michelin-starred ramen restaurant…at the convenience store!

Convenience stores in Japan really do have everything, including a meal from the world’s only Michelin-starred ramen restaurant.

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The purr-fect summer gift? Neko Atsume cookies from Lawson convenience stores!

Collect them all…in your stomach!

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How far will 10,000 yen get you (fashionwise) at the convenience store Family Mart?

In his ongoing search for the perfect affordable-but-stylish ensemble, our fashion reporter Seiji Nakazawa sets his sights on a major convenience store chain.

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Snack time! Our team list their favorite Japanese convenience store treats

If you spend any length of time in Japan, you’ll probably find yourself at the convenience store quite a bit. While there are plenty of foods that you might not be accustomed too, there are also plenty that will delight your mouth.

But with the wide range available to you, it may be hard to pick some to start with. So to help you decide, we asked some of our very own writers, all of whom have lived in Japan for years, what their favorite snacks are and compiled this list for your shopping information and drooling pleasure!

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Newlyweds on honeymoon in Japan beat up convenience store clerk, get arrested

Although my wife and I have taken several trips together since getting married, we still haven’t gone on an official honeymoon. My old job required me to work weekends and I couldn’t take any time off around the date of our wedding ceremony, so I was back in the office two days after saying “I do.”

As such, my wife and I didn’t get to do the typical newlywed travel activities. You know, things like toasting each other with champagne every night for a week, lounging on the beach and giggling as we call each other Mr. and Mrs. Baseel, or beating the hell out of a convenience store clerk, like the Chinese newlyweds who are not only just married, but were also just arrested in Japan.

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New citrus-yuzu-salt-flavored Jagariko potato sticks are delicious, cheap, and ultra-limited

Calbee’s Jagariko is among the tastiest snacks in Japan, if you ask us. The little cups of potato sticks come in a variety of flavors, including cheese, butter, and salad. There are also some seasonal flavors, like yuzu-shio, or yuzu and salt, available now! If you haven’t tried Jagariko yet, this is definitely a great introduction to one of the best snacks in Japan!

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Everyone loves convenience stores in Japan, even the locusts 【Photos】

After a relatively cool and dry July (by local standards), the Japanese summer has unleashed the full fury of the heat and humidity it’s known for. If you’re out and about in the middle of the day, it won’t be long until you find yourself looking for a cold drink to help stave off thirst and dehydration.

Luckily, Japan has convenience stores just about everywhere, and even better, they’re air-conditioned! On the downside, it’s not just frail humans who’re drawn to these oases of coolness, but also swarms of uncomfortably hot locusts, as these photo from rural Japan show.

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Honesty experiment in China ends with losses of 20 percent for participating convenience stores

Two stores in China trialled unstaffed shops this week, in an experiment to see whether customers would pay up without being prompted.

Convenience stores in Beijing and Hangzhou were temporarily replaced with automated payment systems and advertised as “completely unstaffed”. Sadly, the experiment was not an unqualified success. While most customers proved to be honest, some chose to pay only a fraction of their bill, and in some case nothing at all.

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7-Eleven store manager writes the most sincere, desperate job ad we’ve ever seen

If you are unemployed and living in Japan, we may have found a perfect job for you. No experience is necessary, it’s a pretty safe gig and you won’t have to do anything too difficult. You will, however, be a savior, a hero, and a knight in shining armor for one overworked, stressed-out, and understaffed, 7-Eleven store manager in Tokyo.

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Woman arrested for pocketing change worth US$370, claims she “didn’t notice”

On May 21, police in Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture arrested a woman on swindling charges after the cashier at a local store erroneously handed her an extra 45,000 yen (US$370) in change. The woman is denying the charges, claiming that she simply “didn’t notice” the large amount of cash she received in the transaction.

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Conbini-talk with Mr. Sato: How to make a convenience store snack 100 times more delicious

Japan’s convenience store- (conbini) littered landscape is a breeding ground for competition, and with that comes increasingly more delicious food and drink in an increasingly wider variety.

This shouldn’t be news to anyone who lives in Japan, but our self-confessed conbini connoisseur Mr. Sato says he has developed a way to make one of their snacks 100 more delicious than its regularly sold.

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