Family Mart employee fired after video shows him licking items
tokyoreporter.com -- Feb 12
Convenience store operator Family Mart Co. on Monday announced the dismissal of a male employee after the emergence of a video showing him licking items, the latest of several similar incidents involving a food-related company in the last week, reports TV Asahi (Feb. 12).

In the clip, which was uploaded to a social-networking service, the employee was shown licking several items, including a packaged food product and the cap of a plastic bottle, before placing them in a bag at an outlet in Kariya City, Aichi Prefecture.

During the filming, the person operating the camera, who is an acquaintance of the employee, can be heard laughing.

Over the last week, two other companies have been forced to deal with similar incidents.

On February 7, Seven Eleven Japan Co. announced the dismissal of two male employees after an online video showed one of them using chopsticks to eat noodles direct from an oden hot pot in an outlet of chain 7-Eleven. Two days later, the company said that it was considering legal action against the employees.

Last week, two employees of large sushi chain Kura Sushi resigned after the emergence of a video online that showed them tossing a sliced fish into the trash and pulling it back onto a cutting board in the kitchen of an outlet in Osaka Prefecture. "We will work to prevent a recurrence of the same incident," the operator of the chain said.

News source: tokyoreporter.com
Jun 02
Japan is considering easing entry bans on people from four Asia-Pacific countries where coronavirus infections are now apparently under control. (NHK)
Jun 02
Japanese health officials confirmed 37 new cases of coronavirus infection across Japan on Monday, bringing the total to 16,949. (NHK)
Jun 02
Regulations to protect workers in Japan from abusive bosses and colleagues took effect Monday to criticism that it only provides a road map to desk-bound bullies. (Nikkei)
Jun 02
While still sitting on the possible cusp of second-wave coronavirus outbreaks in Japan, shops and attractions are slowly getting back to business. Far from a full blown reopening, however, tight restrictions are being exercised in several industries such as amusement park guests being asked to refrain from showing emotions and to practice social distancing with the ghosts in haunted houses. (soranews24.com)
Jun 02
Many tourist spots across Japan reopened Monday, a week after the full lifting of a state of emergency, with precautions in place against the novel coronavirus amid growing concern over a second wave of infections. (Kyodo)
Jun 02
A national university in northeastern Japan on Monday ended in principle the long-standing custom of requiring documents be stamped with seals, in a bid to promote workplace efficiency and teleworking among its staff. (Kyodo)
Jun 02
Manga artist George Akiyama, known as the author of the "Haguregumo" manga series, died on May 12, major publisher Shogakukan Inc. announced Monday. He was 77. (Japan Times)
Jun 02
Major firms in Japan on Monday fully started interviews, written tests and other activities to hire students graduating in spring 2021, with companies and students both struggling to adjust to unprecedented online recruiting methods introduced to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
Jun 02
Mayu Watanabe, a former member of the popular Japanese all-girl idol group AKB48, has retired from the entertainment industry due to health reasons, her agency said Monday. (Japan Times)
Jun 02
Universal Studios Japan will reopen its doors on June 8 to annual ticket holders who live in Osaka Prefecture after being closed for around three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the operator said Monday. (Japan Times)