business

“The one and only way to make people in Japan take more vacation time”

Our veteran salaryman-turned-reporter gives his idea for the one thing that has to change before Japan will stop working itself to death.

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“Scholar” tops list of what Japanese boys want to be when they grow up, “restauranteur” for girls

Boy’s sporting ambitions slide in survey as girls stick with the same favorite for the 21st year running.

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KFC Japan earned 6 billion yen over Christmas weekend, proving that Japan loves Christmas chicken

The fried chicken industry in Japan is no small fry

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Live with parents or burn through your savings? Survey of young anime workers draws bleak picture

Majority of participants who don’t live with Mom and Dad are losing money while they work in the anime industry.

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Kemono Friends Producer: China will overtake Japan in anime within a decade

According to Yoshitada Fukuhara, anime may be the only thing left to save Japan’s economy.

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McDonald’s Japan finds secret to having best year ever: treat workers and customers better

Thanks in part to paying employees more, CEO Sarah Cassanova has put the chain back on top like never before.

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Japanese company prohibits employees from smoking on their commute to the office

Ban even forbids smoking in the surrounding neighborhood on weekends and holidays.

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Four frustrating “middle-aged man rules” that dictate life in a Japanese office

Are you an innovation-loving young professional? Brace yourself for the chance you’ll run into this aggravations working in Japan.

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Asakusa’s Sensoji temple shocks store owners with sudden 16-fold rent increase in shopping arcade

Businesses in one of Japan’s oldest shopping strips are wondering if they can survive after the surprising new increase.

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A piece of Japanese business manners that many Japanese people could do without

Farewells can be sad, but in a Japanese business saying good-bye can be a pain because of the country’s elevator etiquette.

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Japanese console game market shrinks to nearly one-third its size ten years ago

Japanese game makers and distributors are in need of a serious power-up.

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North Korean missile launches may cost Japanese broadcasters “billions of yen”

The missiles may not be physically crashing into Japan, but their effect is hitting television stations square in the wallet.

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Vegeta struggling to find work under Abenomics

If an interplanetary warlord can’t land a job in this economy what hopes do the rest of us have?

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Japanese employees show almost unanimous support for in-office romances in survey

Idea of finding love at the office receives especially strong support from older workers.

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Four factors frustrating foreigners fighting for jobs in Japan

Hand cramps and style cramps are both part of job-hunting in Japan.

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Woman robs own convenience store, becomes the greatest “bakkura” of all

Let’s take this rare sighting of an S-Class bakkura to learn a little about what being a bakkura is all about.

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Japanese worker’s job threatened for drinking non-alcoholic beer during break

Office employee poses question to the Internet: Is it wrong to drink a non-alcoholic beer during a break?

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Why is Japanese customer service so amazing? Because in Japan it’s one strike and you’re out

Warmhearted hospitality plus unforgiving customers equals the world’s highest service standards.

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Bra shirt for men: Japan develops new type of clothing to conceal men’s nipples

This new garment uses a specially designed insert to help cover those pesky high beams.

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Bright, fresh, breezy, and nowhere safe to pick your nose or scratch your arse?

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