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The Vending Train

A Subway Train in Japan Gets a Second Life...as a Vending Machine

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 27, 2019 • Tagged with business, environment, subway, vending machines

A long-serving train car on Tokyo Metro's Ginza line isn't heading entirely for the scrapyard: a part of its gets to live on in the station.

7-11 store in Tokyo

A Major Inconvenience? Citing Overwork, 7-11 Owner in Osaka Stops 24/7 Operation

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 22, 2019 • Tagged with business, society, money

A 7-11 franchisee who's "on the verge of working to death" said he's shortening his store's hours - a move that has 7-11 Corporate fuming.

Man with power assisted leg

As Tourism Skyrockets, Japanese Airline Equips Baggage Handlers with Power Suits

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 13, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, tourism, travel, airline, tech, technology, robotics

Cyborg baggage handlers? An influx of foreign visitors forces one airline to find an inventive way to handle the load.

Worker picking fish out of the garbage

"Part-Time Terrorism": Japan Aghast Over Videos of Food Mishandling

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 13, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, society, viral

A viral trend of culinary terrorism by part-time workers makes Japanese customers question if they can trust what they're eating.

Cashless payment

Cashless Payments in Japan Accelerate - and May Doom the One Yen Coin

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 01, 2019 • Tagged with economy, money, business

Cashless payments are accelerating, even among the elderly - and it appears the one yen coin might not survive their onslaught.

Angry senior citizen

"Drop Dead": Why Harassment By Customers is Spiking in Japan

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 29, 2019 • Tagged with aging population, money, business, society

Why are Japanese customers getting more angry and aggressive? Experts cite two key factors.

Man holding a large sandwich

Why Subway is Dying in Japan - and Why Starbucks Keeps Growing

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 21, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, food

While Subway stores in Japan shutter left and right, Starbucks thrives. Why has the one failed where the other succeeded?

Businessmen shaking hands

Why Do Adult Adoptions Abound in Japan's Business World?

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  November 26, 2018 • Tagged with adoption, law, business, money, marriage, family

Why are almost 98% of adoptions in Japan of grown men? Alyssa Pearl Fusek looks at the interesting history behind adult adoption.