Hosted by Peter Barakan
Thu. 0:30 - 1:00 (UTC) etc.
Hosted by Peter Barakan, this program explores many aspects of Japan, both traditional and contemporary: arts, sports, entertainment, food, technology, nature, etc.
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May 16, Thu. 0:30 - 1:00 (UTC) etc.
Parcel delivery is a private-sector service that delivers small items to your door. First established in Japan, this business now handles 3.4 billion items a year.
The roots of the service can be traced back to a 1935 delivery service started by freight companies and what was then known as the Ministry of Railways.
Today, the 5 largest delivery companies have logistics centers in about 9,600 places across Japan. Book a parcel delivery by phone: they'll come to your door to pick the package up, then deliver it almost anywhere in Japan the next day.
One parcel delivery company has introduced a new service for senior citizens, combining shopping delivery and a check on the well-being of the buyer.
On this edition of BEGIN Japanology, our theme is parcel delivery. With its very precise delivery schedule and a detailed service menu, parcel delivery embodies some of the best aspects of business done the Japanese way.
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