Posted on April 28th, 2010 1 comment
A help-wanted flyer from I’d guess the late 1970s. Those wages don’t seem terribly low even by modern standards, but keep in mind that the dollar exchange rate was always over 200 yen around this time and sometimes much more than that. (The average minimum wage across Japan in 2009 was 713 yen an hour.)
“McDonald’s is creating a hamburger sensation across Japan under its motto of Quality (Q) / Service (S) / Cleanliness (C). It’s an easy place to work, filled with a bright and fun atmosphere.
– Everyone pitches in to run the restaurant. Men mostly handle kitchen work, while women take care of guest relations.
– From students to housewives, everyone is welcome. No experience required.
– You are free to pick your own work period, days, and hours. You can also choose your workplace from any of the McDonald’s in Japan.
Salary: 530 yen/hour plus
Maintenance Men (male)
– Handle store custodial duty from 11pm to 7am.
Salary: 710 yen/hour plus
Variety of Unique Benefits
– Worker’s compensation
– Lockers on site
– Uniforms provided on loan
– Discount movie tickets
– Seaside and other recreational facilities”
The first McDonald’s in Japan opened up July 20, 1971 in the first floor of the Mitsukoshi department store in Ginza, Tokyo. That location closed in 2007 when Mitsukoshi remodeled the building space, but the next one that opened, McDonald’s #13002 in Yoyogi, has stayed in regular business since July 24, 1971. Stop by and see if you can find any gum under the tables dating from before you were born.