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Why Japan's 'wandering salarymen' spending boom has been a bust

As habits shift, less overtime does not mean more traffic at cheap eateries

Beef-on-rice chain Yoshinoya and other budget restaurants have not seen much of a boost from the government's push to reduce working hours -- dashing their expectations.

TOKYO -- Budget restaurant chains in Japan that are struggling with sluggish sales are wondering: Where are all the "wandering salarymen"?

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