Japan taps into technology and IT to address labor-shortages

As labor-shortages hits Japan, many stores and companies turn to new technologies to keep their business running.

According to the Bank of Japan, the number of companies suffering of personnel shortages reached highest level since 25 years, forcing many to close down or downgrade their services.
Highly affected convenience stores had to come up with new strategies, such as cashier-free shops or self-checkout system using smartphones app.
The government is also collaborating with major convenience stores to install self-checkout registers, which speeds up the payment process by scanning the prices of all items at the same time.

Moreover, new experiments with E-tags (electronic tags) are being undertaken by Lawson Inc. and Seven Eleven, with the complete removal of cash registers and payment made through a clearance gate via smartphone apps.

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