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McDonald’s Japan offering free coffee this week

By Philip Kendall

Hot on the heels of its free hamburger campaign, McDonald’s Japan has just announced a new offer: free coffee for all.

The fast food giant is offering customers a completely free cup of coffee every day this week.

Starting Monday, visiting any of the 2,200 stores taking part in the offer will land you a complimentary cup of joe.

Sleepy commuters and late-night party-goers alike can claim their free drink any time between 6 and 9 a.m. until Oct 7. Limited to one cup per customer.

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I just had this pleasant surprise when I dropped into our neighborhood McD this morning ! Thanks McD for helping Japan become civilized. Luv the coffee....

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Awesome! And I really like the photo!

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What ! even if I don't purchase anything else ?

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What ! even if I don't purchase anything else ?

Yes, you can just walk up to the cashier and as long as it's between 6 to 9 in the morning, you'll get your complementary coffee.

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It would be also good if Macca's offered free potato with their oil & salt...

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Thanks MC, Free coffee is vereey:) good - I'm luving U!

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Complementary coffee. It isn't only free, it says nice things about you! Just like Joyful Food; So happy you eat it!

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I had my first free cup today, I'll have my second free cup tomorrow.

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6 and 9am?? Booooooo! When this did this in Canad this summer there was no time limit nor a cup limit. Coffee costs peanuts a cup for them and they restrict this? Yes, free is free but 6-9?? They aren't going to be selling to much easy with those hours. PR fail.

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tmarie - around Tokyo, many commuters are so exhausted from the train ride, they need a cuppa'coffee going into office, but many believe it has to be Starbucks or Tullies or some other brand. This is a way to convince them that the cheaper coffee from Mac is good enough and they will come again.

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Seawolf, and many of those drinkers drink coffee all day. Why not offer it all day then? It is a PR fail from where I'm looking at it. Like I said, they did this in Canada and it was all day, no limit. People went, people bought. People won't be buying if they are on their way to work and fighting other folks who want free coffee.

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Can't live on coffee alone though....

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Thanks for the coffee alert, JT! Finally a reason to enter the local McD by my local station before blasting off for the Universities.

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...also...while I am a *$$$ fan (good enough coffee and no smoking), and really despise the junk corporate food at McD, even I will admit that their coffee has always been pretty good!

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I wonder when the free hamburgs wuz? I wouldn't go out of my way to get a mcD coffee, mazuso, and I only just get to work at 9, no chance to get the coffee.


You just don't get it, do you? Lots of nice things about this country, but one of the constant minuses is, you can't just have fun. Whenever you are doing something, or about to, that is going to be just fun or free-spirited, there have to be rules and constraints, that's just the way it is. It not even worth comparing it to Canada. Just expect it. Whenever you hear there is a good deal or something fun, just remember there will be a catch, a niggling nagging little thing that wrecks it.

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tmarie, wake up 5 minutes early?

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Lowly, you don't get it if you think this will make customers flock to McDs for coffee. I'm making the comparisson here to Canada because they did the same campaign - though better. You have no idea if I have fun or not. My comments on JT (which is often full of bad news as news often is) is certainly no indication of the "fun" I have in my life while living here. JT posted an article, I am merely pointing out how this isn't going to help them much. Go big or go home.

Bi, no McD on my way to work - which is my point. Missing a huge possible customer base with the hours they are offering this.

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I was there with my son, today, no idea FREE coffee! But did love the new 15 pc of chicken mc nuggets set!!!

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They used to give coffee for free after you bought one. Not anymore. And what is up with that awful chime music playing the whole day long? Used to enjoy taking my son there, but we haven't been in months since they 'revamped' everything. Now it's simply McNasty!

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"PR fail"

Heh, I'm guessing a lot of people who don't usually drink McD's coffee will drink it this week for free between 6 and 9, and then next week a good percentage of them will pop in and pay 100 yen for it. Far better value than Starbucks or any other coffee shop.

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Serrano, this is where you and I disagree. I don't think this is going to stop people from spend 400 yen on Starbucks coffee in the morning even if there is a McD close by. McD just doesn't have the imagine these people want - unless they get aid coffee poured into their Starbuck travel mug. I think they're missing the Obachan/Ojichan market that would visit but 6-9? Nope.

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Hmm, flying back on the 5th so I might be lucky :-)

Have not tried McD coffee for years in Japan but it's not bad back home. Will have to see if it's as good there as it is here.

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Sorry but McDonalds is on the right track, Starbucks is way too expensive!!!

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tmarie, you didn't get what I wanted to say. not a personal attack at all.

Buda, coffee used to be free refills standard. Then it became all this so-called "deluxe" coffee. sometimes nice to have a real good one, but I remember the days of a cheap one & refills at the old diners.

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I wish Doutour would do this....

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any time between 6 and 9 a.m.

Who is going at McDonalds so early in the morning???

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This is nothing but a fluff piece about a McDonald's promotion involving free coffee. Yet a few posters, just as they always seem to do, are trying make a mountain out of a molehole and turn even the most innocuous thing into an international incident. I sometimes wonder if these people ever experience anything here without trying to turn it into a "Japan vs. their home country" type of thing.

If you want the free coffee then go get one. If you don't then don't go. If you prefer Starbucks then go to Starbucks.

If you think McDonald's is really off the mark with this then give 'em a call and let them know. Tell them you want your free coffee 24/7. Tell them they're being unfair to everyone who is unable to get a free coffee because they can't go so early in the morning. They'll probably be nice about it and send you a gift card (that you can use at anytime) for your trouble.

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Anybody who thinks this won't drum up business is mad! When a Costco opened by me, the first thousand people got 24 eggs for free (300yen value) and people were lined up at 4am. People don't realize that waiting for 4 hours for a 300yen value is tantamount to a payment of 75yen/hour. People will wait in line for 20 minutes at Costco clogging up the aisles for a sample, the whole box of which is cheaper than what they'd get paid for 20 minutes of work. Right now, Mr. Donuts is having a promotion and people are lining up for blocks.

The point is that if it's free in Japan, people will take advantage and that's good PR.

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Tell them they're being unfair to everyone who is unable to get a free coffee because they can't go so early in the morning. They'll probably be nice about it and send you a gift card (that you can use at anytime) for your trouble.

I don't think anyone said it wasn't fair.

I also doubt you'd get anything from McD if you contacted them and made a comment.

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chooch, they were lining up because it was a new costco, not for a few eggs. they line up at Apple for a new phone in jpn and all over the world, nothing free involved.

yes, ppl here in jpn are "campaign"-mad, that's true tho.

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