Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: South Dakota
Rice balls are not "fresh" veggies and meats, etc. They are a snack food/Japanese fast food. I don't doubt there are severe shortages, I'm commenting on the lack of journalism in the article.
Japanese Convenience Stores
More than 40,000 convenience stores, known as konbini, can be found across Japan.
Convenience stores primarily sell food including a large range of meals, snacks and sweets, such as onigiri (rice balls), sandwiches, bread, chips, candy, obento (lunch boxes), instant ramen, microwave meals and hot foods like fried chicken, nikuman and oden. Some cold foods, such as onigiri, can be heated up by the store staff.
The stores also sell all kinds of hot and cold beverages including soda, coffee, tea, water, sport drinks, juice, milk and vitamin drinks. The selection changes frequently and often varies by season as well. Many convenience stores also sell alcoholic beverages including beer, happoshu, chuhai, nihonshu, shochu and wine.
Other goods available include body care products, cosmetics, batteries, blank CDs and tapes, umbrellas, newspapers, magazines and comics. Some stores, particularly outside of the city centers, have a toilet.
Sounds just like a convenience store here. Certainly not a farmer's or open-stall market where fresh food is sold by small vendors.
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