Yuzuha Oka

For Yuzuha Oka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Episode 48: The Great Konbini Debate

DEEP DIVE Apr 29, 2020

Episode 48: The Great Konbini Debate

Which Japanese convenience store is best and why? That's the question Newspick's Yuzuha Oka and The Japan Times' Chris Russell, Joel Tansey and Oscar Boyd attempt to answer.

Japan firms face hurdles as 'service' culture taken overseas

Business / Corporate Jul 9, 2015

Japan firms face hurdles as 'service' culture taken overseas

At Uniqlo stores worldwide, staff greet every customer with "Welcome to Uniqlo!" They briskly walk around on a clean, white sales floor, refolding and restacking clothes, rarely talking to customers or each other unless approached. It's a Japanese style of customer service based on a strict ...

Japan accepts U.S. robot duel challenge

Business / Tech Jul 8, 2015

Japan accepts U.S. robot duel challenge

Japan's mega-robot creator is up for a battle of the bots after being challenged by a rival maker of the behemoths in the United States. Suidobashi Heavy Industry founder Kogoro Kurata accepted a challenge Monday to partake in a robot brawl proposed by U.S. robotics ...

International students face job hunting hurdles in Japan

National Jun 10, 2015

International students face job hunting hurdles in Japan

A 23-year-old student from China who attends the prestigious University of Tokyo is now looking for a job in Japan. But her quest to achieve the "Japanese dream" of working at a major Japanese company, and earning roughly four times what she could make back ...