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Japanese Convenience Stores (Konbini) May Be At a Crossroads

For decades, convenience stores (konbini) in Japan have been a fixture in the urban landscape, a much loved and much praised part of Japanese society. But there are signs that the konbini business may be showing some cracks, that reflect the problems of the society as a whole. (Originally posted on August 8, 2019.)

The Yoshimoto Kogyo Scandal and the Japanese Entertainment Industry

In a very eventful week, the news that dominated the headlines and on-air news programs even more than the Kyoto Animation studio arson tragedy or the House of Councillors election, was the firing of a comedian/TV show host called Hiroyuki Miyasako by his management agency, Yoshimoto Kogyo. It exposed a host of problematic issues with the Japanese entertainment industry.