Unseen Japan

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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.

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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?

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Rice Flight: Why Japan is Eating Less Rice Than Ever (And Why That Won't Change)

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 14, 2019 • Tagged with food, health, economy, money, lifestyle

Japan is considered synonymous with rice. So why has consumption decreased steadily for decades?

The epic tale of the return of the Japanese-Brazilians to Japan

Conflicted Homecoming: How the Japanese-Brazilians Returned to Japan

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  December 03, 2018 • Tagged with immigration, brazil, economic miracle, 1980s, 1990s, nikkei, dekasegi, economy

The epic tale of the 300,000 cousins the Japanese welcomed home from Brazil and insisted they needed - until they suddenly didn't.