We are in a fast-paced world, making everything we do make our lives seem to pass at the speed of light.
In Japan, people watch TV and read short novels on their cell phones as they commute, making the most of every minute they can for leisure. Some companies started to holding meetings standing up as not to waste time on non-important issues.
Lunches are the same, making standing a bad manner of the past; there are standing bars, cafes, noodle shops. Now there is even a chain of standing sushi bars called Uogashi Nihon-Ichi where you can complete your lunch in 5-6 minutes. It tastes great and saves customers time, and for the retailers, it's provides great customer turnover.
It always amazing me what Japan comes up with in terms of business culture. There are currently 18 standing sushi locations in Japan which sell sushi at 75 cents per piece!
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