Aug 17, 2014

Convenience stores take new tack with tie-ups, new food offerings

Convenience store chains are launching new types of outlets to attract new customers and expand sales networks as competition increases. FamilyMart Co. is adding more outlets paired with karaoke boxes, while Three-F Co. is setting up stores specializing in foodstuffs. On Wednesday, FamilyMart opened ...

Feb 11, 2014

Me time: Services for solo customers flourishing

by Satoshi Toi

Table for one? Then how about trying out karaoke for one? Or even golf or soccer? In the face of the declining population coupled with an increasing number of people who remain single, companies are beginning to target a new clientele — the solo ...

Low key, off key, but anyway it's your way

| Jul 1, 2008

Low key, off key, but anyway it's your way

by Hiroko Nakata

Born in Japan three decades ago, karaoke has evolved into a global fixture. Since the beginning, karaoke (empty orchestra) has manifested itself in myriad ways. Following are questions and answers about the popular entertainment system: How did karaoke come about? The prototype machine originated ...