Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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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.

A businessman with a fat stack of yen

Who Donated a Box Full of Moldy Yen to This Japanese Prefecture?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 19, 2019 • Tagged with law, society, money, charity

The incident is just the latest in a trend in Japan toward anonymous donations.

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.

Rice in the shape of Japan

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?

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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.

The Olympic Torch

Is Japan Ready For The 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  November 14, 2018 • Tagged with sports, olympics, culture, finance, money, weather, technology, business

How is Japan preparing to handle not just the sudden influx of foreign visitors, but the excitement of hosting the biggest international event in the world?

Cashless financial transaction.

Will Japan Ever Go Cashless?

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  October 15, 2018 • Tagged with business, finance, money, culture

Less than 20% of all financial transactions in Japan are cashless. Learn why that is, and why the government wants to change it.