convenience store

Japanese convenience store customers reimagined as gacha game characters

Working at a konbini is like playing roulette with a gacha game mechanic.

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Will our reporter’s wish to find the secret Dragon Ball sweets be granted?

Our reporter visits several Family Mart branches in her quest to unravel the mystery and comes to an important realization in the end. 

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The Ultimate Battle for Ham Sandwich Supremacy – we rank Japan’s convenience store sandwiches

Who will take the crown in the battle for the top?

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Convenience store fried chicken gets approved as food for Japanese space program

Ground control to Major Tom… Take your Karaage-kun and put your helmet oooonnnnn…

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Will it waffle? We put various Japanese snacks through a waffle iron, just because【SoraKitchen】

Is there any food that can’t be improved by turning it into a waffle?

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Convenience store shopper panicked to find bread section empty, until finding out why

Timing is everything.

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Inside the rogue 7-Eleven, a convenience store completely cut off by its company

Is this 7-Eleven just being run by a loose cannon, or is it a sign of bigger problems ahead?

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Soon you can drink your ice cream at Lawson convenience stores throughout Japan

It’s up to you whether you want to count this new beverage product as a drink or as a dessert. 

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Netizens annoyed that Japan Self-Defense Forces had to announce that aid workers can use restrooms

It should really just be common sense, they say

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Cat refuses to move from Japanese convenience store on anniversary of store manager’s death

Animal’s mysterious actions make staff wonder if it was their manager returning in feline form to say one final goodbye

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Convenience store in Sendai celebrates its foreign workers with a special store display

Customers who were curious about the smiling foreign workers ringing up their order at this local konbini can now learn a little bit about what they have in common.

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We try a Family Mart Frappe produced by a former SMAP member

Layer upon layer of flavor brings you to cheesecake bliss.

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Man arrested for buying cup meant for 100-yen coffee but pouring 150-yen latte into it

Sneaky upgrade in coffee quality incurs the wrath of the law.

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Japanese firefighters now allowed to enter convenience stores while wearing their uniforms

Easing of uniform rules is a welcome change for heroic rescuers who put their lives on the line.

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We taste makunouchi bento at four Japanese convenience store chains【Taste comparison】

Our reporter shares which version of this classic style of bento (all for 430 yen/US$3.83 or under) overwhelmingly stole his heart and stomach.

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8 times when convenience store clerks in Japan should be commended for their hard work【Photos】

These star employees deserve special recognition for their organizational skills, creativity, and in some cases, downright wackiness. 

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Man arrested for robbing Tokyo convenience store with nose hair trimmer

Adorable weapon choice was not the only misstep by this would-be bandit.

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We taste-test 7-Eleven’s new fusion cuisine: the Cheese Dak-galbi Burrito!

Our Japanese language reporter bites off a hefty chunk of the convenience store’s take on Mexican-Korean cuisine so we can bring you a spicy review.

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9 million yen awarded to convenience store from man for over 11,000 hours of unauthorized parking

But will a man who ignored years of warnings bother heeding a court order?

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Hokkaido woman arrested for stealing 1.9 million yen from convenience store in broad daylight

Bold but non-violent robbery says a lot about the way convenience stores operate.

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