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Why Did 7-11 Japan Shutter Its Cashless App After Only Four Days?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 17, 2019 • Tagged with cashless, business, society, money

What was supposed to be a huge boon for the struggling convenience store chain became a software engineer's worst nightmare. Learn about what went wrong - and how badly customers have suffered it.

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Japan Tackles Its Plastic Problem

News   By Robin Griffin  ·  June 25, 2019 • Tagged with environmentalism, lifestyle, economy, business

From Cup Noodles to onigiri wrappers, some major Japanese businesses are taking steps to reduce plastic waste. But many experts say these companies aren't addressing the real problem.

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How Uniqlo's First Female CEO Succeeded Against All Odds

News   By Robin Griffin  ·  June 19, 2019 • Tagged with business, women, women of japan

Japan trails behind the world average in female chief executives - which makes the emergence of Uniqlo's Akaida Maki all the more exciting. Learn how the driven CEO succeeded in a male-dominated business culture.

She may have become an overnight Internet sensation, but the director of the upcoming game Ghostwire: Tokyo brings a bevvy of experience - and a rich philosophy - to the games she creates.

How Dynamic Developer Nakamura Ikumi Won The Internet

News   By Robin Griffin  ·  June 14, 2019 • Tagged with technology, women, business, people, video games

She may have become an overnight Internet sensation, but the director of the upcoming game Ghostwire: Tokyo brings a bevvy of experience - and a rich philosophy - to the games she creates.

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Paternity Harassment? A Japanese Dad's Job Transfer Causes Online Furor

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  June 04, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, children, child rearing, population

A man who recently returned from parental leave has his life turned upside down by his company. Learn what happened when his wife spoke out about it on Twitter.

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The Revolutionary Faces of Japan's New Currency

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  May 09, 2019 • Tagged with history, currency, money, business

Japan may be pivoting to a cashless society, but cash is still king - and the figures chosen for its new currency express both the nation's pride in its past and its hopes for the future.

The Woman Who Was Worked to Death

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 07, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, health, work, suicide, mental health

Nine months after starting work at Japanese advertising firm Dentsu, Takahashi Matsuri leaped to her death. Her death sparked a series of reforms - but some say it's still not enough.

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Bring Me To Life: How 2.5D Musicals Bring Anime and Manga to the Stage

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  May 06, 2019 • Tagged with anime, manga, entertainment, theater, technology, business

Many live-action manga and anime adaptations are received poorly. So how has musical theater captured the imagination of fans worldwide?