What is a pack of post-it doing inside Japanese Chewing Gum Box?

Here are two chewing gums. On the left is from China and the one on the right is from Japan.


Peep inside and you find something in the Japanese box.


I looks like post-its


I was wondering if it was some free gift. I was about to draw funny things on the post-its and stick them all over.


Then my Japanese friend pointed out that the post-its are provided so that we may use it to wrap the used gum before we disposing. The note on the box also mentions that the glue used to hold the individual sheets of paper together is a edible glue. Nihon jin are truly cleanliness and food safety conscious.

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25 thoughts on “What is a pack of post-it doing inside Japanese Chewing Gum Box?

  1. I love Japanese packaging!! They are always so considerate and user friendly. I don’t know if you have had MOS burger, but their burgers come wrapped in a envelopethat is sealed tight on 2 sides, so you don’t get mayo and tomato sauce goo on your lap(as I am wont to do at other burger chains). SO simple, but so perfectAnd who can resist the transliterated “love” messages. Like “happiness in eating with friends, when the rain is coming.”Lovely.

  2. Wow. I’m not sure it’s actually more practical than gum that comes in an individual wrapper (a la trident), but it sure says something about the culture. It’s just assumed you intend to act in a respectful/responsible fashion.

  3. Tokyo has to be one of the cleanest cities I’ve ever seen. Not a speck of garbage or cig butts on the streets. On top of that, there aren’t any public trash cans! Seems they took out most of them after the Sarin gas subway incident. I guess everyone just pockets their trash and disposes of it at home.

  4. Some of the packaging in Japan is simply brilliant but sometimes they overemphasize the “presentation” aspect and the product becomes wasteful. I bought a bag of cookies much like chips ahoy. Each cookie was individually wrapped. What a waste of packaging.

  5. While living in Japan I was VERY thankful for the individual wrapping. If each cookie isn’t wrapped individually the humidity turns it into goo within hours of opening the package and forget about crackers unless they are individually wrapped…

  6. I hear Japanese packaging is very nice but it doesn’t seem to very environmental friendly. It seems to be very wasteful. But I say be saying that from an American standpoint because the Japanese may actually use those post its they get.

  7. Huh, I guess that allows you to carry your chewed gum with you until you find a trash can. Neat, but it would be a waist here in Canada, since we have at leased one public trash can per block pretty much.. Still litter is crazy here.

  8. Different approaches are designed for different country, it is not quite adequate to compare one with another.

  9. Why do they legalize the killing of any living creature? You seem to contradict yourself.That is not to say I support whaling…

  10. I live in a small town in Canada that has a Honda plant, alot of workers from Japan come over for 3-4 months and stay at a hotel i worked at, They are the neatest and most organised people i have ever met.When they were done with their ciggarette butts they were neatly stacked in the ashtray, they refolded all of their neatly and stacked them on the toilet,. They all made eachother fell very welcome and planned social events to include all of them, its amazing how their culture is so different than ours.

  11. There are no cig butts in Tokyo now because it is now illegal to smoke in the streets in many parts of Tokyo. There are plenty of public trash cans outside every convenience store, and there are convenience stores on virtually every street corner, so trash cans in the street are almost redundant – but they do exist. They also exist on every platform of every station, so it has nothing to do with the sarin gas attacks.It is a fact, though, that Japan is incredibly clean and that businesses cater so well for that. The individual wrapping is a waste, but it does help the consumer to feel like the food is clean, and as someone said before, the food will last longer. At first, I didn’t like having lots of empty packets all over my desk at work, but I soon fixed the problem by tying a plastic bag to my bottom drawer and putting them in there.Plus, even if people say it is a waste, recycling in Japan is unsurpassed by the rest of the world, so it is not really a waste.

  12. The pieces of paper are a nice touch with the gum, and needed due to the rarity of garbage cans. Most convenient stores have them, but other than that they are few and far in between.

  13. The lack of litter in Japan is largely a consequence of the cultural taboo on eating while you walk, such that people are usually inside when they eat. Hence not so many bins needed, and thus the need to wrap your gum in paper (because you won’t find a bin easily). Not sure that respectfulness and collectivism is that big of a factor in this case to be honest.

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  17. I’m in a love/hate relationship with digital memory because of the way prices are always dropping. I absolutely hate buying Micro SD Cards for my R4 / R4i at (seemingly) a bargain price only to see it become ten percent cheaper a few months later.(Submitted using OperaV2 for R4i Nintendo DS.)

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