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Japan's fussy food shoppers finally go online amid pandemic

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By Ritsuko Ando

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Aeon hired British online grocery pioneer Ocado in November to build state-of-the-art robotic warehouses, aiming to fend off rivals such as Amazon,

So they hired a company from "broadband laggard Britain". Wise choice, eh.

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As Japan's fussiest shopper, I must state that I'm still unsatisfied.

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I was under the impression the painstakingly fussy japanese were already well on board with the likes of Rakuten and Zozotown, highlighting their internet shopping panache.

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Yes but fresh food is a different kettle of fish

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I other words, time for Japanese people to grow up and stop being so fastidious

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I noticed that in the supermarkets women (mostly) have to inspect everything they buy. I can understand inspecting meat and vegetables but it goes far beyond to packaged foods as well.

I don’t have any qualms with buying packaged foods online, but anything fresh must be bought at a store.

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Although the UK's broadband might be below some other countries, it's adoption of digital services has, and continues to be, better than Japan's.

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Aeon is a giant convenience store. I would never buy fresh food there.

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Bertie -

have you ever been to an Aeon?

they have insanely good meats and fish at a reasonable price.

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Bertie...Aeon? A giant convenience store?

Didn't know they sold Hida gyu and fresh avocados at convenience stores!!

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I noticed that in the supermarkets women (mostly) have to inspect everything they buy. I can understand inspecting meat and vegetables but it goes far beyond to packaged foods as well.

Other packaged goods may well require inspection as well. It's possible that someone in the family has an allergy to a certain ingredient or the buyer wishes to check the levels of sugar, sodium, preservatives or additives on the ingredients list in order to compare it to an alternate brand. There are many valid reasons to avoid grab and go shopping.

As for those shoppers who "have to inspect everything they buy," with all due respect for your right to shop any way you like, Do the hustle, let's just say I'd rather eat at their house than your house.

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I can understand inspecting meat and vegetables but it goes far beyond to packaged foods as well.

Most likely checking for the good old "Made in China" label. I admit to doing the same.

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Japanese markets are great. The food choices and pre-made meals are up my alley.

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