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For Anna Masui's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Hotel chain trains more female 'ryokan' chiefs

Aug 29, 2016

Hotel chain trains more female 'ryokan' chiefs

In view of the increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan, Fujita Kanko Inc., a Tokyo-based hotel chain, is stepping up efforts to train female staff in providing service in the style of okami at Japanese ryokan (inns). The okami is the chief female ...

Japan Inc. hiring grads via online interviews

Aug 4, 2016

Japan Inc. hiring grads via online interviews

Corporate Japan is looking to conduct job interviews online in a move that could benefit both companies and job seekers. For job-hunting college students in rural areas, going to interviews in Tokyo, where the major companies are concentrated, is not easy: the transportation and ...

Creator of 'sento' website bathing in early success

Jul 20, 2016

Creator of 'sento' website bathing in early success

A website providing information about sento public bathhouses in parts of Japan is proving popular despite the decline in such communal baths, which have been a major part of Japanese culture. Tokyo Sento, launched in 2015, now attracts about 100,000 views a month, mainly ...

Firms filling needs of graying population's aging pets

Mar 24, 2016

Firms filling needs of graying population's aging pets

As the Japanese continue to age, so do their pets. Improvements in animal rearing and care have seen pets living longer, prompting the creation of new businesses that cater not only to the elderly, but to their animals as well. Tokyo-based Seikatsu Kagaku Un-Ei ...

'Glamping' in Japan: Roughing it just got easy

Feb 26, 2016

'Glamping' in Japan: Roughing it just got easy

“Glamping,” or “glamorous camping,” is gaining popularity in Japan among travelers who want to experience the pleasures associated with camping without forsaking the comforts of a luxury hotel. Hoshino Resort Co., a leading operator of resorts and hotels, opened Japan’s first glamping facility, Hoshinoya ...