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Japanese convenience store chain going healthy

Business / Corporate Oct 8, 2013

Japanese convenience store chain going healthy

by Masaaki Kameda

Lawson Inc., Japan's second-largest convenience store chain, said Tuesday it will strengthen its health-related business as part of a midterm strategy to tap into the growing number of health-conscious customers in the aging society. "We aim to play a central role in supporting people's healthier ...

Attack on first-graders puts kids' safety in spotlight

National Jul 5, 2013

Attack on first-graders puts kids' safety in spotlight

The knife attack last week by a man on three first-grade boys near an elementary school in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, has once again raised the question of how to keep children safe. In many communities in recent years, residents and convenience store employees have taken ...

Everyday goods: the Japanese art of convenience

Art Jun 27, 2013

Everyday goods: the Japanese art of convenience

by C.B. Liddell

"Mingei" translates as "folk art" and is connected to objects that are made or used by ordinary people on an everyday basis. Usually this evokes hand-crafted objects, such as ceramics, baskets, items of woodwork, etc. As such, the term is evocative of the era ...