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Catch ’em All in Nihonbashi!

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
A large facility featuring Pokemon characters opened at the Nihonbashi Takashimaya department store in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, on Wednesday.
Pokemon Center TOKYO DX & Pokemon Cafe is the nation’s 25th such Pokemon facility, and the largest, with an area of about 1,300 square meters, in...

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Parcel Delivery, Food Price Hikes to Hit Home in October

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Many companies, including parcel delivery firms and food product makers, raised prices on Sunday chiefly to cover spiraling material procurement and labor costs.
Although some of the markups will be made in the wholesale stage, households in the country, whic...

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Japan Post Considering Drone Parcel Transportation Between Post Offices

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TOKYO - Japan Post Co said Monday it is considering using drones to move packages between post offices, possibly from next year, amid an increasing shortage of delivery workers.
The envisioned project by the mail and package delivery unit of state-owned Japan Post Holdings Co comes i...

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Time to Set Things Straight: Domestic Watchmakers Seek to Change Image with Ginza Flagship Stores

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
Despite their world-class technology, domestic watches have struggled to shrug off their reputation of being “functional and cheap.” Aiming to boost their brands’ profiles, three major Japanese watchmakers have opened flagship stores in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district, where famou...

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Creative Japan / Writing Utensils Rewrite Classic Assumptions

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
This is the fifth and final installment of a series.
A Japanese-designed ballpoint pen has become a worldwide hit thanks to ink that can be erased when a mistake is made.
In a London shopping district, Frixion erasable ink pens from Pilot Corp. are showcased in a display cabinet ...

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Former Watch Designer Creates Crafty Space

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
Two years ago, Yuka Ikoma, 57, opened the Minato Kissabu cafe in a residential area of Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture. Modeled after a wooden school building, the cafe also serves as Ikoma’s home and a handicraft school. She has come to learn the true meaning of craftsmanship throug...

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Daily Craftsmanship / Nail Nippers Highly Valued at Home, Abroad

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
By Miwa Uehara / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer This is the fourth installment of a six-part series.
SANJO, Niigata — People who are accustomed to ordinary flat nail clippers might be confused for a moment by nail nippers, which look like a carpenter’s tool.
Compared to flat clippe...

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Quack Face Dog Muzzle: Japanese Pet Protection Inspired by Duck Bills

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JAPAN TRENDS
Quack Face Dog Muzzle will mean your pooch looks great while still providing adequate protection whenever you take them for a walk.
The “duck bill” design is comfortable for your dog to wear but also ensures they don’t eat things off the ground by providing full bottom-jaw cover.
Cre...

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Fukutegami Turns Clothes Into a Letter

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Turn your clothes into letters to be sent in the mail. That’s what fukutegami does.
The clever concept was launched on the crowdfunding platform Readyfor? and cleared its target of ¥550,000 ($4,500). Now it’s going to be send out to the funders in mid-June and eventually will be a ...

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I WRAP Heart: Plaza Ginza’s Personalized Photo Portrait Gift Wrapping Service

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JAPAN TRENDS
Want to give a special something to that special someone? But it’s not just what you give. It’s how you give.
And in Japan, the wrapping and packaging of a gift item is traditionally viewed almost as important as the content of the gift itself.
And so we get great services like this ...

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