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In Japan, gift-giving goes beyond birthdays and holidays to special days set aside just for exchanging presents. Holding on to so many gifts, especially in Japan where household space is often at a premium, means closets are perpetually in need of clearing out. But it’s difficult to give away items, especially in Japan where the […]

Here in Japan, where workers typically have long hours, people often cite a desire for more free time to pursue hobbies or personal interests like fitness or English classes. But it turns out that given more free time, many Japanese have ended up going online shopping. A midweek bump in e-commerce has been a somewhat surprising outcome […]


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