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Yoshinoya, slinger of beef bowls, leads Japan in productivity

Self-service push contributes to 50-fold gain in profit per full-timer

A worker at beef bowl chain Yoshinoya. (Photo by Ryosuke Eguchi)

TOKYO -- Beef bowl purveyor Yoshinoya Holdings saw profit per worker grow faster than any other nonmanufacturer in Japan in the first half of fiscal 2019, leading a trend of revenue growth and efficiency improvements outweighing rising wages in a tight labor market.

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