Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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Unseen Japan Kaiwa 4: An Inconvenient Conbini

Video   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 27, 2019 • Tagged with economy, business, lifestyle, society

Why has the 24-7 Japanese convenience store suddenly become controversial? How critical are such stores to daily life in Japan? And why did Anthony Bourdain always head to a conbini when he landed in Japan?

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Tourism Pollution in Japan Sparks Strife - and Bans

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  April 24, 2019 • Tagged with travel, tourism, economy

How can Japan reduce "tourism pollution" problems without reducing tourism? ? And how can travelers help reduce friction when visiting?

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A 10-Day Vacation: Behind Japan's Epic "Golden Week"

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  April 22, 2019 • Tagged with holidays, vacation, travel, work, economy, emperor

How did Japan's notoriously long yearly holiday get even longer? Inside the holidays that make up Golden Week.

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Nissan Wants an Avatar in Every Car by 2025

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 19, 2019 • Tagged with technology, business, economy

Will people be projecting themselves into your car in six years? Engineers at Nissan are betting yes.

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Is AirBnB Japan Back From the Dead?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 14, 2019 • Tagged with travel, business, economy, money, technology

The popular service took a nosedive after a new law passed last year. Listings have returned - but should travelers be concerned?

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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.

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"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.

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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.