A few years ago, with the postal service in Japan being scrutinized by politicians for privatization and everyone looking for ways to restructure the business operations, many local post offices were closed and the service of buying stamps and posting letters, paying for bills was outsourced to convenience stores.
This made some sense as you were now able to buy stamps and post letters after normal post office operating hours, whilst other post office services, particularly those related to the banking financial operations were separated.
Postal services in convenience stores are now quite a common sight, but one thing I did find unusual today was the reverse of this trend, a convenience store inside the main post office at Shibuya.
This Lawson has opened in the lobby space of the Shibuya main Post Office. The space is a bit smaller than the average convenience store but it was very busy. Having customers dropping in to buy drinks and snacks creates a buzz in the area and the Post Office building felt like it had been revived a bit.
Do you have convenience stores in the Post Offices where you live?