Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Japan: Sushi Scandals!

October 28, 2022

Japan’s national culinary treasure, sushi, was automated in 1958, when Yoshiaki Shiraishi, the Henry Ford of sushi, opened the first kaiten sushi (回転寿司 “revolving-sushi”) restaurant in Osaka. Today, the $5.1 billion business of conveyer belt sushi is dominated by four giant chains: Sushiro, Kura Sushi, Hama Sushi, and Kappa Sushi.

Competition between the big 4 firms is keen as a sashimi bōchō knife, and led to some bluefin-tuna-sized scandals this year. Last month, Tokyo police smelled something fishy, and arrested the president of Kappa Sushi for stealing corporate secrets from rival Hama Sushi. He later resigned. And in June, Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency reprimanded Sushiro for promoting a sea urchin sushi 90 percent of their outlets didn’t actually carry.

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Young People In Japan Aren’t Drinking Enough

August 26, 2022

Young People In Japan Aren't Drinking Enough

Japan’s young people aren’t drinking up, the number of the nation’s older imbibers is shrinking, and nightlife is down due to COVID, so tax revenue from alcohol is down. To boost boozing, the National Tax Agency’s new “Sake Viva!” contest invites youngsters to submit business ideas to encourage alcohol consumption. You can even submit entries from abroad if they’re written in Japanese. Kanpai! (“Bottoms Up!”; “Cheers!”).

More:

“Japan has a message for its young adults: Drink more alcohol,” Rachel Pannett and Julia Mio Inuma, Washington Post

“Drink Up, Japan Tells Young People. I’ll Pass, Many Reply.” Hikari Hida and John Yoon, New York Times

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It’s almost impossible to lose things in Japan

May 6, 2022

If you lose a wallet or a phone in Japan, you will most likely be reunited with it. The country has one of the most effective Lost and Found processes in the world. The system relies on the honesty of the finders  and a national culture of reporting, cataloguing, and storing lost property. A BBC video by Terushi Sho.

More:

“Japan’s Lost-and-Found System Is Insanely Good,” Allan Richarz, Bloomberg CityLab

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The Abacus and Cognitive Memory

April 26, 2022

Asia’s ancient calculator, the abacus, still has proponents in Japan. A video by Terushi Sho.

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December 7th

December 7, 2021

“The reason Japan attacked Pearl Harbor,” a short video by the UK Imperial War Museums.

More:

“Blood and Oil: Why Japan Atracked Pearl Harbor,” Daniel Yergin, Washington Post

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Law & Order: Japan

February 11, 2020

Evan Hadfield of Rare Earth discussed Japan’s criminal justice system.

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Home: Knowledge, Bathing, Drama, Music, and Food.

January 15, 2020

Architect Takeshi Hosaka built himself a house that would supply the five elements that ancient Romans said were needed for a perfect life: knowledge, bathing, drama, music, and food. He did it in 190 square feet.

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Aitai Lonely Christmas

December 27, 2019

“Aitai Lonely Christmas,” written by Tsunku, recorded by the Japanese idol group C-ute in 2010.

Related:

“In Tokyo, the ‘war on Christmas’ is led by lonely single men,” Yanan Wang, Washington Post

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Japan Tests Its Disaster Warning System With Folk Tunes

August 15, 2019

A 5PM each evening, Japan tests its emergency alert system by playing folk tunes. If there’s an earthquake, they’ll play someting less melodious.

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North Korea, In Japan

October 3, 2018

Stateless Koreans in Japan have been adopted by North Korea. Johnny Harris of Vox explains.

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