convenience stores

Overly honest Japanese cocktail ad about the effects of getting drunk gets criticized online

The message is accurate, but that doesn’t mean it’s right, critics say.

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Great balls of octopus and rice! It’s the Takoyaki Onigiri

Lawson convenience stores took two staples of Japanese cuisine and smashed them together for our pleasure.

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Now is your final chance to visit the last Sunkus standing in Tokyo

It’s the end of an era for the once prolific convenience store chain.

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We investigate 7-Eleven’s new Crunchy Chocolate Mille Crêpes Cake, shiver with decadence

We’re struck senseless by the seductive dessert, and take an array of scintillating shots to show off its sexy side.

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Cold Stone’s new mochi ice cream pops are packed with Japanese flavors like azuki and kuromitsu

New treats are exclusive to Japanese convenience stores and a compelling reason to keep eating frozen desserts even as the weather gets colder.

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Lawson begins first self-service convenience store in Tokyo, no line-ups necessary

Just scan the item you want with your smartphone and walk out.

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Man runs amok inside Osaka convenience store, reminds everyone of the Yakuza video game

Life imitates art?

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We ate “pizza-buns” from four different Japanese convenience stores to find which reigns supreme

There can only be bun.

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Famous jeweler celebrates the everyday with a Tokyo convenience store limited exhibition

Jewelry chain Cartier hopes to make you value the ordinary by displaying their famous Juste en Clou line in the same way as cup ramen and magazines.

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Kanye West sends his team to Japan for “research”, shares unusual haul online【Photos】

West tells everyone he’s “creating the convenience of the future” and posts 30 mysterious photos of Japanese shopping spree.

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Five important manners to remember when buying something at a Japanese convenience store

Frustrated clerk lists what shoppers should do in the land of stellar customer service.

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Convenience store clerk accidentally puts something in customer’s bag they shouldn’t have…

Um, I don’t remember buying that. I’m not even sure if I CAN buy that.

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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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Crazy-athletic Japanese convenience store clerk may be employee of year, or Super Mario【Video】

Leaping into action and clearing Japan’s already high bar for customer service in an amazing way.

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Hyogo man arrested for backhanding cash register while verifying his age

Suspect was apparently enraged when his maturity was called into question.

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Beautiful Japanese dessert looks like slice of starry space, only available at convenience stores

Celebrate the arrival of Japan’s deep space probe at its asteroid destination with a dessert both achingly gorgeous and totally affordable.

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We try 7-Eleven Japan’s latest fancy desserts: ice cream macarons【Taste test】

Meringue meets ice cream in convenience store chain’s latest summer-themed dessert offering.

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Six ways to avoid looking like an “idiot” when shopping at Japanese convenience stores

Help keep Japan’s convenience stores convenient by learning and following these six Japanese etiquette points.

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Japan’s second-largest convenience store chain changes service policy for sake of foreign workers

Family Mart relaxes customer service rules in recognition of clerks who aren’t native Japanese speakers, also allows dyed hair.

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Ramen ice cream on sale at 7-Eleven in Japan to help us multitask our comfort food consumption

Oh Baby (Star), we need to pick up a couple cartons of this.

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