convenience store

Lawson announces new human-controlled digital avatars at store registers starting this fall

One of Japan’s top convenience store chains plans to introduce digital avatars at over 200 stores in the next three years.

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Eating every kind of cold noodle dish from Family Mart to stave off the summer heat【Taste test】

‘Tis the season for cold noodles!

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Saitama man’s 7M-yen Rolex stolen after leaving it alone with “potential buyer” for two minutes

Watch out!

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Weiner Onigiri: Japanese convenience store rice ball has a surprise in store for Mr Sato

Celebration sausage opens our mouth to a new way of eating. 

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Famima Laundry: Japanese convenience store adds laundromat to store in Tokyo

Welcome to the Famima laundromat!

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Japanese convenience store teams up with centuries-old matcha shop for a very modern tea ceremony

Family Mart gives us a tea ceremony to go this summer.

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A paradise for beer lovers — Yokohama combini has over 300 different kinds of beer for sale

The store is run by a man who “hardly used to drink at all.”

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This USB device exists solely to warm up rice balls, and honestly, it does a great job

We just wish it could warm up more than one at a time.

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Sapporo man attempts to rob store with lighter, goes as you’d expect

A story on the lighter side of crime.

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Family Mart’s Famichiki upsize astounds customers in Japan

Japanese convenience store chain gives customers much more than they bargained for.

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Family Mart to celebrate 40th birthday by introducing onigiri with eco-friendly packaging

To a future where we can eat all the onigiri we want and save the environment.

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We try 7-Eleven’s newly recreated Pork Ramen and are blown away by its level of perfection

This ready-made, microwavable ramen comes close to something you can get in a restaurant!

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Charming Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth makeup sets revealed for February release

Cosmetics will be sold in a lottery-style game at Japanese convenience stores as part of Clamp’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

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7-Eleven Japan to double the shelf life of their onigiri rice balls

7-Eleven Japan announces their efforts to dramatically reduce food waste at its stores. 

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Lawson to post super-temp positions online, let anyone work suddenly-open shifts at stores

Speedrunning part-time work.

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Kyoto man arrested for opening packs of Demon Slayer key chains until finding one he wanted

But who’s the real demon here?

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Fukuoka woman drives through front of convenience store because she really needed to pee

Sometimes, peeing your pants is better.

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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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