Yuzuha Oka

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

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 ...