You may have heard about McDonald’s free coffee deal. From July 24 to 30 a cup of joe cost 0 yen from 8 to 9 a.m. at all Kanto area McDonald’s outlets. Yes, that means you missed it, but McD will revive the deal for a week at Kanto area outlets at the end of August, but this time in the evening. In the meantime, if you live in the Kansai region, the campaign will take place there Aug. 14-20 and in other areas of Japan Aug. 21-27, in both cases from 8 to 9 in the morning.

Why does the fast food behemoth need to give away coffee? After all, McDonald’s is recession-proof. Sales of all its Japan stores in July increased 2.6 percent over sales in the same month last year and the company made record profits in the first half of 2009.

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