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Small Hokkaido furniture firm proud creator of Olympic medal cases

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By Kantaro Saki

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Small Hokkaido furniture firm proud creator of Olympic medal cases

How's his business after Olympic?

Because of limited staffing, there were days when employees would toil late into the night.

I hope those employees overtime are being paid.

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This is an article that is pretty dull without a photograph.

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"Yamagami recalled sleeping next to the cardboard boxes containing the medal cases for about a week before shipment because of his fondness for them."

and this is why Japan is makes the best products in the world.

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"I hope those employees overtime are being paid."

Don't worry its Japan not America, We don't treat our people like donkeys.

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I hope those employees overtime are being paid."

Don't worry its Japan not America, We don't treat our people like donkeys.

Joke of the day....this the country of " voluntary overtime" and karoshi.

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Don't worry its Japan not America, We don't treat our people like donkeys.

Oh dear you, thank you for the laugh :) .

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Because of limited staffing, there were days when employees would toil late into the night.

Sounds like he chose to maximize profits and make his employees work overtime, rather than hire more workers.

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He actually had an extra year to make the cases so no real need for overtime.

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@Kumagaijin This is not Seven Eleven. This kind of craftsmanship requires skills. You can't just pick people off the street to work. The people who choose this kind of work do it because they love it!

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@Hit the like button

"I hope those employees overtime are being paid."

Don't worry its Japan not America, We don't treat our people like donkeys.

No Japan treats its people like mushrooms...and they are completely fine with it...go figure.

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Why run the article w/o a photo?

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+1 for the comments about the lack of a photo. You can see one here. The case looks like a makeup compact.

https://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/article_photo/list?article_id=570280&p=9359363&rct=n_hokkaido

We have a Hokkaido Mingei dining table and chairs that are really well made. They are like Arts and Crafts-style antique wooden furniture, so made by craftsmen but relatively unadorned and easy to use in many interiors. The chairs are super comfortable and draw many complements. I got the set for about 1/10 of the original price second-hand on Yahoo Auctions.

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Anyone can make this sort of furniture. I've see the same in China.

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No pboto. No copycats

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