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Japan Post starts delivering about 1.28 billion ‘nengajo'

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Japan Post said Wednesday it expected to deliver about 1.28 billion nengajo (New Year greeting cards) nationwide on New Year's Day. Deliveries started at around 8 a.m.

The figure is about 10% fewer than last year, the 11th straight year of decline, as more people are using social networking services and email to create and send their own cards, or don’t bother with the custom anymore.

According to Japan Post, the bulk of nengajo are delivered on Jan 1, with the rest being delivered over the next 10 days.

Japan Post hires legions of temp workers to deliver the cards. They can be seen whizzing around the cities on bicycles and scooters, delivering cards to offices and households.

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128 billion is still a lot, but as young people never send these out and often do not have friends, this might be a dying tradition.

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What a complete waste of paper and resources delivering these cards.In this day and age they have become almost obsolete.

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For some cheap entertainment, take one of the nengajo you receive and toss it back in a post box. For nengajo, they don't post-stamp them, so they don't know it has already been delivered. Have a contest with a friend and see how many times you can get it delivered before the end of the season!

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What a complete waste of paper and resources delivering these cards.In this day and age they have become almost obsolete

agreed... very environmentaly unfriendly. I get that the elderly still send them but anyone under say 60 should be encouraged to send them electronically....Japan likes to blab about its " special" relationship with nature so here is a chance to show the world what a " nature friendly and advanced country it is.. Government should be leading the initiative but then again what to expect from LDP oyaji deadwood.

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We sent out about 100 and to family, friends and clients. They are not a waste and are an important way to keep in touch or offer thanks.

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I hope this tradition stays alive and that the younger generation keeps it going.

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For some cheap entertainment, take one of the nengajo you receive and toss it back in a post box.

LOL!!!

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Sustainably sourced paper is more environmentally friendly than electronic devices or the energy needed to run them!

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Headline should be, "Japan Post starts AND FINISHES delivering about 1.28 billion ‘nengajo'. Quite an impressive logistical feat, but the staff of Japan Post are some determined puppies.

@Bugle Boy, I like your mischief, will try it. I noticed that two of my nengajo actually came from the post office folks themselves

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